Lori Swanson

From the Office of  Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Most sweepstakes scams have a few things in common. They claim that the recipient has won, or is about to win, a large cash prize. And they try to get the recipient to pay money, often supposedly to claim the bogus prize. Don’t play along. The [...]

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by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson While the Internet offers convenience, it can also enable scam operators to defraud buyers and sellers.  Fraudsters can use the Internet to dupe individuals looking to buy or sell items such as cars, boats, rental housing, or other products and services. Take, for example, the following scenarios: • “Trisha” [...]

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By Lori Swanson, Minnesota attorney general— While “Marcy” was gardening in her front yard, a man approached. He told her he could repave her driveway at a “bargain price” if she paid cash today. She paid the money, and the man promised to return with a crew the next day to do the work. He [...]

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From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Most people have seen TV ads for a device that sends help when a person has fallen and can’t get up.  Legitimate medical alert devices have been lifesavers for some, but a new telephone scam preys on the worry for people who live alone and fear [...]

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