Readers’ Corner: Nov. 1, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: Nov. 1, 2010

Reader Denise Losee suspected a scam when she received a letter addressed to her late father containing a check for more than $2,800.

“It’s from Wachovia Bank, so it looks real,” Denise says. “I was in banking, so I know.

“What you have to do is cash this check, then send $2,600 of the money to the tax referee in England, and then you’ll get the rest of your $50,000 that you’ve won.”

If that doesn’t smell already, here’s the kicker:

“They tell you, please don’t tell anybody you’ve won this before you’ve actually gotten your money,” Denise says.

So the victim is out $2,600 and gives up his or her bank account information to boot.

You can find out at the fourth annual Sixth Grade Challenge, hosted by the Gold Country Community Center.

They still have room for a few more teams for a fast-paced quiz game that will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., downtown.

“If you need help, you can have the fun of bidding for the assistance of a scholar who has just completed sixth grade,” organizer Sally Pattie says.

The event will be a benefit for the eight participating western Nevada County schools and for the community center, which provides the Meals on Wheels program. (They serve more than 200 hot meals weekly!)

Plan to bring your team from your school, business, service organization, church or other group. Coffee, soda and snacks will be served.

Contact Sally for details at or (530) 274-7740.

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