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Updated: 08/29/2013 08:00:12AM

Scams to avoid — here, there and everywhere

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Phyllis Schwartz


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To those people who are regular readers of this column, you are aware by now that one of the main goals of the CASE (Communities Against Senior Exploitation) Program is to provide information about the many scams and frauds out there. My hope is, of course, that armed with knowledge of them, people will be less apt to become victims of these crimes. To continue my mission, today I offer information on scams, some of which are new and others which I previously discussed but are still around making peoples’ lives miserable.

Locally, a resident received what appeared to be a legitimate check drawn on a real bank for nearly $4,000. A letter with it claimed she had won a foreign sweepstakes for one-quarter of a million dollars and the small check was for processing fees. She was directed to wire to a specific address a portion of the check for the fee and deposit the balance for her own use.

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