It's no secret that scams are everywhere these days. They even happen in our neck of the woods and more are seemingly popping up everyday.

Scammers really like to target people in need or those that are in a somewhat urgent situation. This was the case just this week after some severe storms hit Minnesota on Wednesday (June 12th).

Look Out For This Scam In Duluth + Superior

This scam was reported in Pine County, which is a short drive from Duluth. Therefore, it really could happen anywhere.

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The Pine County Sheriff's Office shared a lengthy statement on social media Thursday (June 13th), writing that they were flooded with reports of scammers showing up at homes in the area and offering services.

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Officials say that many of these people don't actually own businesses, instead they are just pretending they do in an effort to steal from you. Anyone can seem reputable in person.

So what happens if you accept the help that just showed up at your door in a time of need? These scammers create a sense of urgency and panic and ask you to make a down payment. They then disappear with your money and no way to get it back.

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Scammers are also using a few other tactics, like offering services saying they will be covered by insurance when they aren't and calling residents from numbers that spoof legitimate companies.

Stop These Scammers!

The Pine County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to put a sign in their yard that says 'no soliciting' so you can avoid being talked to by these scammers. You can also call your local police department.

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