Rockford elderly fall into scammers wrath

Published: Sep. 3, 2019 at 6:13 PM CDT
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In the past three months, Larry Hinkle, co-owner of Postal Shoppe, says the store has intercepted at least 10 attempts of people unknowingly trying to send large amounts of cash to scammers.

"The IRS to grandson's schemes to work from home schemes and believe it's true and just sending lots of it getting scammed out of their life savings," says Hinkle.

These people are receiving detailed instructions from the scammers on the steps to take including prepackaging and what to say at the post office. And the majority of these victims are the elderly.

"What we're seeing is a lot of the older folks are falling victim to this stuff because I think they tend to believe more and...don't really understand technology," says Rockford Police detective Sean Welsh.

Welsh reminds people to always be vigilant.

"Do your research, do your homework, verify. If the hairs on the back of your neck are standing up and you're thinking this just doesn't seem right, don't send that money," says Welsh.