HENNEPIN - Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle would like to inform the citizens of Putnam County about a recent scam involving a citizen in the county.
A resident received a phone call from a person who said he was an FBI agent. The alleged agent told the citizen that she had won a large amount of money from a lottery. When the citizen said she didn't believe it, the alleged agent said he would verify it with her local law enforcement agency, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.
A short while later, the citizen received a call from a person who identified himself as a Putnam County police officer. He said he could confirm she had won the money and all she had to do was send $1,500 in a money order to Mexico City to receive the lottery winnings.
The citizen then called the sheriff's department and confirmed that the officer's name she was given was an actual member of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. The citizen called a second time and spoke with the deputy who had allegedly called her to confirm her winnings. The deputy told her that he had never spoken to her before and that the Putnam County Sheriff's Office does not confirm winnings of any kind.
Sheriff Doyle would like to remind all citizens not to give out any personal information over the telephone or computer. He also reminded everyone not to send money to an individual they don't know.