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Scam in Barron County seeks donations for sheriff's programs

BARRON COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Another government imposter is trying to scam money from unsuspecting Wisconsinites.

This time it's in Barron County, where someone who claims to be a sheriff's employee is calling folks to seek donations for various programs -- including the "DARE" anti-drug abuse program for teens.

Victims of the scam make pledges on the phone -- and then the imposter offers to stop by to pick up the cash or check. If it's a check, it's even more lucrative for the scammer, since the account number is a key to identity theft.

Barron County officers say it's all a fake -- and those who are solicited should hang up the phone and call the real officers instead.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)