VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Scams aren't a new concept.
But police say there have been more and more scammers popping up lately in the Wabash Valley.
And they are asking the community members to start looking out for each other.
Police want that suspicion and fear to stop.
Now, they're asking for your help!
Recently, an alert employee at WalMart stopped a couple from transferring money overseas. They thought it was for a family member.
That type of awareness is what Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing is hoping will stop the scams as long as everyone is looking out for the vulnerable.
"We want to make sure they're sending it to someone legitimate. Because they've worked hard for their money over the years,” said Sheriff Ewing.
Sheriff Ewing's asking businesses, banks and citizens to be skeptical and inquisitive.
His entire department is making businesses aware of scams that are out there, in hopes they'll look out for suspicious acts.
"There's nothing we can do once that transfer takes place…There's no way to track it. No way to prosecute it,” said Sheriff Ewing.
No one is immune from these scams.
"These people sound legit. That's what they practice. That's what they do. They want your money,” said Sheriff Ewing.
Family of the Sheriff himself aren't immune to these things. His mother took a similar call.
"She said, ‘you're not my grandson’. My grandson's only 6. And the caller quickly hung up,” said Sheriff Ewing.
That's why it's so important people in the community help one another.
"The only thing we can do is try to educate the people that sell those and say hey, we have to watch out for one another. We have to watch out for our senior citizens,” said Sheriff Ewing.
There's a website you can go to read about scams and what you can do to prevent yourself from being a victim.
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