On May 17 a resident of Hull reported an incident of fraud to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon further investigation the sheriff’s office found that dozens of people in Iowa, South Dakota and other states have been reporting similar phone calls to law enforcement officials. The caller claims to represent the company “Life Alert.” The caller is either a live person or a recording. The caller will often say this is a gift given to the recipient by a relative. If you continue to speak with the caller the intent is to keep you on the phone and set up a first appointment.
In the incident reported in Hull the fraudulent caller did exactly that. He repeatedly tried to set up a visit with the person.
The calls appear to be coming from a local number, but, according to the Better Business Bureau, the caller is using a fraud method called “
Caller-ID spoofing.” Spoofing calls is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a false local phone number on the recipient’s display. This often tricks the recipients into thinking that the caller is someone they may know or causes them to feel more comfortable in giving the caller personal information.
“Life Alert” has issued a fraud alert on their company website that can be found at http://goo.gl.OlcOg.
There are many scams targeting the public, primarily the elderly. It’s important to know who you’re doing business with and don’t be pressured into a “quick deal.”
In another incident:
On May 15, at 5:32 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a hit and run traffic accident involving a farm tractor and implement that occurred on 360th Street, six miles southwest of Rock Valley.
A caller reported that someone was driving a yellow Caterpillar tractor pulling a green disk westbound on 360th Street when a portion of the disk struck the traffic signal light and a warning sign on the west side of the bridge crossing the Rock River. The signal was knocked to the ground and the warning sign was broken off from the pole.
Following the accident the tractor continued driving westbound toward Hudson, S.D.
The sign and traffic signal sustained about $1,000 in damage.
Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-A-Tip program.