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Scam Prevention in the Northwoods
RHINELANDER - Scammers hope to get their hands on your money and they'll try to reach you any way possible.

People from all backgrounds can fall victim to scams.

Scammers go where they can reach people, which means they spend a lot of time on social media. This puts people at risk of leaking their private information.

Many scams used to only attack the elderly and take away their golden years, but that is changing.

One law enforcement official says everyone is being attacked.

"It's now to the point where it seems like its everybody they are not doing it through the mail as much they're doing it through our mobile devices and computers," said Captain Tyler Young with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. "That's the majority of our population."

Young also believes people need to be more careful with their information.

"I don't think people should be as trusting when information is required of them from unknown sources," said Young

Deanna Anderson from Three Lakes didn't fall for the scam, but she wants to warn others.

"There is no such a thing as free money and if you won something or had something granted to you, you don't have to pay for it... Common sense.... But people get sucked into it." said Anderson

If you have been a victim of a scam or see any scam-related activity, report it to your local police station.

Also, let your bank know if you think your account information has been compromised.

Story By: Zackery White

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