Another Scam Targeting Elderly in Lee County

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is warning of yet another scam targeting older citizens.

Sheriff Jim Sholl said a group of ladies from the Jackson Township, near Keokuk, came to the station yesterday about a letter they received…

“The letter was promising a sweepstakes win of hundreds of thousands of dollars, if the recipient of the letter only pays a processing fee. The postage and phone number on it indicated it was from Ireland. Our investigator called, they [those who answered] passed the phone around and spoke broken English. That’s a clue right away that it’s a scam.”

Sholl also told us they seem to be getting a lot of calls about scams lately…

“It seems like we’re seeing 2-3 on a weekly basis.”

He says if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.