Renville County Sheriff's Office

105 S. 5th St., Suite 210, Olivia, MN 56277
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 320-523-1161
Jail: 320-523-3600

IDENTITY THEFT / SCAM PREVENTION

One of the fastest growing crimes occurring across the country, including in Renville County, is identity theft and theft of money or goods as a result of scams.

While there is no way to list describe every scam (because they constantly change and new ones are constantly being created), there are a few "Golden Rules" to follow, which will help keep you from becoming a victim:

The Golden Rules of Scam and Identity Theft Prevention

1.  If it sounds too good to be true, it's most likely a scam (winning a monetary prize, receiving an unexpected check or money order, etc.)

2.  Don't fall for pressured scare tactics from callers.  Take the time to do your research.

3.  Be suspicious of anyone calling you and requesting you to send money.

3.  NEVER wire money to someone who you have never met in person.

4.  Never share your financial account or other identifying numbers with anyone.

5.  Regularly run credit reports on yourself.

If you're not sure if it's a scam or not, please feel free to contact the Sheriff's Office.  We may be able to provide you with related information or help you to determine its validity.

For further information, please click on the following links:

IDENTITY THEFT

SCAMS