The funny part about everyone having a phone in their pocket all the time is that nobody wants to talk on the thing. We use them for everything except having an actual conversation. It has to make you laugh just a little. And I'm just as guilty as the next person. Outside of the few close contacts I answer the phone for, I try not to pick up if it's a number I don't recognize. All I seem to get are calls about my always-expiring auto warranty and the numerous ways to lower a school loan. But I'll take the pre-recorded spam calls over the scammers any day of the week!

The last scam call I got was from someone that claimed to be from my internet provider. The less than believable caller said I was behind on payments but I could get caught up if I followed a link that would connect my computer to theirs and make a direct payment. It was pretty easy to see through that one. But it looks like one group has taken its scams to the next level by going after targets that are used to spending some serious money on products they need.

Montana ranchers have been hit by feed scams

The Montana Attorney General is warning Montana ranchers to be aware of scams where products are promised but never delivered. A KPAX story says it's estimated that up to $5 million has been stolen from ranchers after they paid a Canadian company that didn't deliver goods as promised. New Way Ag was paid by their Montana victims but the company never followed through on delivering the low-priced hay and straw that they offered for sale. And now, it appears that other similar scams are being attempted.

Photo: Priscilla Du Preez via Unsplash
Photo: Priscilla Du Preez via Unsplash

An investigation is ongoing and it reminds us all to be aware when it comes to what is real and what might be the tricky work of scammers. They're constantly finding ways to get people to hand over money and this version of a scam seems genius in every wrong definition of the word. They were able to target their victims by offering discount prices with the promise that it would help farmers keep their costs down. And it was able to score them a huge amount of money by targeting the type of person that would order and pay for massive quantities at a time.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen shared his thoughts:

Montana ranchers are facing headwinds as it is without being scammed by crooks looking to make a quick buck. Please report any suspected scams to our office so we can hold these criminals accountable. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Anyone with a similar experience when dealing with New Way Ag is urged to call the Montana Office of Consumer Protection at 406-444-4500 or visit their website HERE.

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