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Chippewa Falls Kwik Trip employees save customer from scam

Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Employees at a Kwik Trip in Chippewa Falls managed to realize a woman was being scammed, and stopped her from handing over thousands.

Earlier this week police said a woman got a phone call from a scammer who said they work with the social security administration and convinced her to spend thousands of dollars on gift cards around the Chippewa Valley.

Then, she would give them those gift card numbers over the phone.

James Luckey, the police officer who responded to the scam, said they had already scammed the woman out of $4,000, and was about to spend another thousand at that Kwik Trip.

Luckily the Kwik Trip employees had a gut feeling something wasn’t right.

“The Kwik Trip staff recognized her as a regular, recognized her to not spend this type of money in this type of way and found it to be suspicious,” Luckey said. “Her behavior was off and they recognized that so they contacted us, they actually refused to process the transaction, held the money at the register and got us involved.”

Luckey said this is a common scam, and government officials will never call you asking for money, especially not through gift cards.

He said it’s important to look out for one another in the community, and if something doesn’t seem right say something.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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