Scams Come in 'a Lot of Shapes'

Scams are prevalent, and they come in a lot of different shapes.

That's one problem, according to Sheridan Police Lieutenant Travis Koltiska. Another problem, he said, is the challenges law enforcement officers face in trying to stop them.

Koltiska said the best that can be done by the Sheridan police department is to educate the community to be vigilant. He said what people need to know is, if it sounds too good to be true – it is.

But, he said, there are a lot of resources available for people to learn about the scams. The AARP, for example, lists the top 10 scams that are directed specifically to seniors. People can find that list online.

He said scams change with the times. Before the Internet and cell phones, there were scams being conducted via phone calls. The scammers, Koltiska said, are very good. And some of them are very bold.

Despite that, Koltiska said, if there's ever a question regarding a phone call or text or email, call the police, and they will look into it.

Koltiska said there's also a federal website that people can use to report scams. He said it's essentially a collection website that has been used successfully in some cases to track down scams. The site is

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