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The Recorder – Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Tips to spot a scam

 The Recorder – Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Tips to spot a scam

Published: 9/22/2022 4:18:03 PM

Modified: 9/22/2022 4:17:24 PM

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Unit recently took a call from a consumer who reported losing money to what she later learned was a scam. Her caller identified himself as a law enforcement officer and told her she was in trouble because she had not reported for jury duty. He claimed she’d be arrested unless she paid a fine.

As instructed, she purchased gift cards and gave the numbers to the caller. And then she regretted it. She called our office to report the incident and see if there was a way to recover her money. We suggested she notify the gift card company to file a claim.

Another recent caller alerted us to a scam involving a message through Facebook giving information about a government grant program. The message promised a grant of $15,000 to anyone who applied and met the criteria. This…

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