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Scam costs Salem woman $4,000

March 19, 2014

SALEM — An elderly city resident scammed for an estimated $4,000 this week wants others to be wary of the con she encountered....

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GrantMingus

Mar-21-14 1:58 PM

Yap, yap, yap.

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ladybug

Mar-20-14 4:51 PM

The point i'm making,

If there is any doubt a person could contact 1 0f the 3 mentioned agencies and they could help.

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WatchDog

Mar-20-14 4:35 PM

No Grant, you can't call the police in those matters because that does not fall under their jurisdiction.

You have to contact State or Federal authorities in those matters. It's a no brainer.

And Grant, just for the record, we know that was your sarcasm. But the points still remain. Elderly and even less educated people are being scammed on a daily basis and it is a growing problem.

We need to encourage PREVENTION and AWARENESS and EDUCATION. Again, something our own PUBLIC LIBRARY can do. The ways are endless.

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GrantMingus

Mar-20-14 2:58 PM

Can I call the police and inform them of the income tax scam, social security scam, Obamacare scam? We're all getting scammed all the time.

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ladybug

Mar-20-14 1:21 PM

Maybe he should contacted the local police ,better buss. bureau or a bank for advice

Scams of all kinds go on everyday affecting all age groups and parts of society.

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ladybug

Mar-20-14 1:17 PM

Duh ?

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rpmwwe

Mar-20-14 12:44 PM

In response to "It makes me wonder, how many elderly are getting scammed daily and we don't even know about it?" and "They can't just magically make people less gullible/trusting."

I am aware of one particular case (not in this area) where a man had been continuously scammed out of thousands of dollars and eventually realized it was a scam. He reported it to the local police. Unfortunately, the scammers, as usual, were operating outside the U.S. and there was nothing the police could do. A few months later, the victim gets a phone call from someone who claimed to be an "investigator" and he would, for a price, get the man's money back......Yep, the man sent more money.

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ts1227

Mar-20-14 7:17 AM

I've seen warnings from police on the news MANY times. The issue is, generally they don't know about the scams going around until someone gets nailed like this poor lady, so someone's always going to get hit before any notice comes out. And as watchdog said, how many of these are never even reported to the police, therefore they have no idea and cannot warn the public? I don't know what else you can really expect them to do. They can't just magically make people less gullible/trusting.

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ladybug

Mar-19-14 6:50 PM

"COMMON SENSE " THINK

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ladybug

Mar-19-14 3:52 PM

Tip ! Call the local police first .

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WatchDog

Mar-19-14 3:05 PM

It makes me wonder, how many elderly are getting scammed daily and we don't even know about it?

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WatchDog

Mar-19-14 2:58 PM

rpmwwe thank you! You nailed it. That has been one of my biggest complaints about this city. PREVENTION and the lack of it. For some reason, God only knows why. That is a bad word in Salem and I get badgered for just thinking it. That is why I pushed hard about CTC for the library. The library caters to the elderly. That library alone could be making ready available information for educational needs for prevention matters for the elderly.

It just irks me how PREVENTION measures are never talked about. This boils my blood that this woman was a victim and NOBODY cares.

Then you get the normal responses. Shut up Watchdog, your a complainer, poke fun and the norm of concern gets centered around the "yak yak yak" crowd. It is like beating a head against the wall.

Your point is so right on about selling money packs or offering Western Union service scams. They are shoring up this crime and that is how they make their own money. It is sickening at every level.

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rpmwwe

Mar-19-14 1:15 PM

The state of Ohio can force every business and public building out there to put a "No Smoking" sign on their front doors but they won't make a requirement to notify people of probable scams at the points of sale at the money pack and Western Union businesses.

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rpmwwe

Mar-19-14 1:14 PM

This is a very common scam but what really aggravates me is these places selling money packs or offering Western Union service see elderly people come in and want to buy/send large amounts of money but offer no warnings on potential scams.

One may argue that it is none of the store's business what the person does with his/her money but, come on, who else other than the scammers and the scammed are using these services?

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JamesAustin

Mar-19-14 4:01 AM

This stuff just keeps on growing. Real shame.

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