Local authorities continue to issue warnings about phony telephone and internet scams after a Winona County woman fell victim to a scam that this time had a happy ending.
Winona County Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude said a woman wired $3400 in cash to the Dominican Republic after receiving a telephone call from a person who claimed he was her grandson. The caller said he was being held in a Domincian Republic jail and needed the money to obtain his release.
The woman wired the money. But an alert Winona County Deputy was able to determine where the money had been sent and managed to put a stop on the delivery when he learned the money had not been picked up yet by the scammer. Ganrude said the woman got her money back.