WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley residents may be noticing a few more unwanted calls than usual after a recent rise in local phone scams. These calls continue to be an issue for those who are targeted, including older adults.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office documented a small increase in reported scam calls over the past four months. The office recorded 27 reports of calls between April and June 3 in comparison to 17 calls between Feb. and April 3.

Money given away over the phone is extremely hard to track and it is a favorite tactic by scammers, said Cpl. Lee Risdon with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

Best practices to avoid phone scammers include not picking up for unknown phone numbers and opting to let callers leave a message, he said. Legitimate companies are not going to call and ask for personal info to be…

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