She also lost $148,000 recently in a Social Security Administration scam. A caller convinced her someone had opened accounts with her Social Security number and there were warrants issued against her.
“The person on the phone convinced her the way to clear up that situation was to send a combination of money transfers and gift cards,” Wilson said.
Police Chief Joel Herzog said these types of crimes are extremely difficult to solve.
“The main problem is many times they are able to mask their numbers or spoof their numbers or emails and it goes out of the country. That’s what makes it so difficult,” Herzog said. “Once we can track it many times it does go out of the country. If it’s within the United States, we can track it. We’ve had a history where we will make an arrest and charge somebody.”
Wilson said people need to be suspicious of certain types of calls.
“All of us really need to understand that under no circumstances is a legit operation going to ask you to pay off an obligation or a debt or a fine or anything like that with a gift card,” she said. “Nor are they going to ask for your banking information over the phone.”