Mitchell County Law Enforcement Warns Of Several Area Scams


Differing scams have made their way through our local area in the past several days. The Beloit Police Department urges citizens to be aware of several phone scams surfacing in our area. In one the caller poses as a family member needing money, another poses as a legitimate business and asks you to send money to receive a larger amount of money.

Yet another will ask for banking information posing as the IRS or Federal Reserve Bank. Do not give them information over the phone, and ask for letter service. The IRS will always notify citizens of any action via mail.

Another report taken by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office involved an internet scam. A scammer used Facebook to scam a person out of personal information. The scammer used a hacked account from the victims friends list on Facebook.

The victim was contacted by private message from this “facebook friend” on Facebook telling the victim how they have received free money from the government. The money was for current Facebook users that qualified who were deaf, hard of hearing, poor, or widowed.

The winner was told to contact Agent Sylvia Giltrows. After making contact with this agent money was supposed to be delivered to the winners front door. Of course no money was delivered.

A good rule to follow is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you feel you may be presented with a scam, do not give out personal information and contact law enforcement.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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