Southern Minnesota woman falls prey to 'trapped General scam,' twice, loses $82k

The septuagenarian lost $82,000 after falling prey to the same scam in December 2021 and in February 2022.

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ROCHESTER — The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to be wary of scammers on social media after a county resident lost $82,000 to a scam.

Deputies received a report Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, that a 72-year-old woman in Marion Township lost $32,000 to a scam. The woman sent that money in cash, via FedEx, to an address in Texas believing she was helping a "Gen. Richard D. Clark," whom she met on Facebook and was reportedly stuck in Iraq, according to Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. James Schueller.

The woman had fallen prey to the same scam months before and had lost $50,000.

Deputies were alerted by the woman's bank after she withdrew $32,000 over concerns that she may be falling for another scam. Both the bank and law enforcement spoke to the woman, but she reportedly said she was using the money to purchase a vehicle, according to Schueller. Law enforcement made attempts to contact FedEx and have the package stopped, but it had already been delivered.

The case has been assigned to a financial exploitation investigator with the sheriff's office.

Emily Cutts is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. She joined the Post Bulletin in July 2018 after stints in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.
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