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Law enforcement warning of fraudulent email scam

Law enforcement is reminding individuals to be aware of emails they receive after receiving a report of a fraudulent email.

According to Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office took a fraud report involving a gmail account. According to the reportee, person(s) unknown created a gmail account in another person’s name and used that account to send emails out to an organization’s committee members requesting they purchase gift cards that would be distributed to hospice care patients throughout the community.

The reportee further stated that whoever created the account requested the recipients of the email let them know if the gift cards could be purchased that day, though no specific type of gift card was mentioned to buy or where to buy them.

The fraudulent email address created was opresident19@gmail.com.

It is unknown if any of the people who received the email purchased gift cards.

“Please be cognizant of the emails you receive,” May said. “If you are unfamiliar with the account or email, either delete the email, contact the person if you are familiar with them, or contact law enforcement.”