Sheriff's Office says be wary of scams

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RAPID CITY, S.D. What would you do if you received a message saying you were owed a hundred thousand dollars? Multiple scams have popped up this month in KOTA Territory.

Over the past two weeks, two different scams have been reported in the Rapid City area. One was through Facebook, claiming the victim had received a large grant. The other had a scammer making phone calls, posing as a sergeant in the Pennington County Sheriffs Office, claiming their victims had unpaid warrants.

"They had a pretty complicated scheme to go out and get gift cards at different stores, and give them the PIN numbers off those cards so they could get the money for the alleged warrants that they had," said Pennington County Warrant Section Captain Marty Graves.

It's fairly simple to find out if you're being scammed.

"The biggest thing I would tell someone is if you get a call that you have a warrant, you want to verify that information,” said Graves. “You can call the Sheriff's Office and speak – if someone identifies themselves – you know, speak to that person, ask them if they can look up – because we have access on our computers... we can see if someone has an active warrant."

Two scams this month, but Graves said that it's not holiday scammers. Scams like these are estimated to happen two to four times a year, in the area, preying on people who are just trying to do the right thing.

"Don't fall for this scam. If you have any doubt, the best thing you can do is contact the Sheriff's Office, Police Department, you know, ask questions," said Graves

"I always say, if it's too good to be true, it's probably not true."

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