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Lewis County officials are warning North Country residents to be cautious of scammers.

The Sheriff’s Office, County Adult Protective Services and the Office for the Aging all report an increase of recent financial scams that specifically target the elderly. Despite a certain target demographic, officials say anyone can be a victim of scam artists.

County officials say it’s crucial to know that Government agencies such as the IRS, Medicare, Social Security and law enforcement agencies DO NOT call and verify information with you. In addition, they will never call to inform you that you owe money. If you have elderly family members or friends in the local area, officials encourage you to check through their email or social media frequently for online scams.

As far as telephone scams go, police always encourage residents to never reveal any personal information over the phone and to simply hang up if you’re suspicious of the caller. We received a report from a local family who received a text from a scammer trying to lure them into a coaching course.

Police say it’s very common for scammers to make an attempt for their victim to wire money over to them. If you feel like you’ve been targeted in a scam, officials say to call your local law enforcement office.

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