A New Scam Is Being Reported In NW Iowa

Sun 9-6-2020

(Storm Lake)-- The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office has received complaints about a scam that is starting to circulate in the area.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the callers are claiming to be from Amazon and will tell you that someone has hacked into your Amazon account, and they request you let them remote in to your computer.

The scammers have called from numbers that have the "712" area code and have used the website "". The Sheriff's Office warns that they are not legitimate...that anyone can set up a number using the 712 area code, and the website is a way for them to access your computer and steal personal information, or lock your computer down and demand money to unlock it.

If you have questions about your online accounts, contact that company directly.

(Courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KAYL in Storm Lake)