June 23, 2021

Hubbard County officials warn seniors of scams

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and Hubbard County Attorney’s Office collaborated to teach preventive measures at an April 29 scam alert seminar.

“Who here has ever won $50 million?” quipped sheriff’s investigator Bill Schlag, drawing chuckles when no one from the audience of about 30 people raised their hands.

Telemarketing fraud alone is a $40 billion per year business, said Jill Christenson, crime victims services coordinator. More than 60 percent of victims are senior citizens.

“When someone thinks it doesn’t happen here, it does, it will and it has,” she said.

In 2015, Schlag spent eight months investigating a local handyman who…

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