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Watch out for scams

October 25, 2010 - Blaine Hyska
Unscrupulous individuals are targeting this area. A nice lady from Iron Mountain called the other day to tell me about an attempted scam someone tried on her.

A caller said she had won $2.5 million in a Wal-Mart contest. All she had to do, the caller said, was send in $400 for the IRS payment, and the $2.5 million would be hers.

She was told to go down to the Iron Mountain Wal-Mart and send the $400 to some Connecticut address.

Naturally, she didn’t.

She call Iron Mountain Police Department officials instead. They confirmed that it was a scam. She did not win the $2.5 million, and if she had listened to the caller, she would have lost $400.

Later that day, as a co-worker and I were working the evening shift, a call came into The Daily News.

The automated message said we had won a free trip to some tropical location.

All we had to do is send in a fee for the taxes. It was another scam.

Listen folks, there are no free lunches.

Scammers would give up trying if everyone ignored these types of calls.

If it sounds like a dream, it’s probably a nightmare.



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