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Opinion - New level of phone scams gets personal

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DETROIT LAKES - They're often referred to as scam "artists," but the level they sink to insults the profession.

People have got to realize just how sophisticated these rip-off crooks can be. The calls they make aren't harmless pranks. They're not always foreign-sounding voices pitching get-rich-quick schemes. They can get personal.

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Consider what happened to an Alexandria resident a few days ago. He received a phone call one morning that went something like this:

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