Readers’ corner 4/25/07
More on restaurant scams: I heard from a woman on Tuesday who was another victim of a scam at a local restaurant. She charged a bill of $55.26 and signed it, but when she checked her bank statement, the restaurant had added a second charge of $10.26 on another bill from the same date. She contacted the credit card company and found the second, smaller charge was not signed, so the credit card company took that charge off.
Another reader told me he left a cash tip at a local restaurant and a $20 charge for a tip was put on his bill after he signed. This just stresses the need to check all bank debit statements and credit card statements. I’ve received so many calls on this issue that I have to think this is a widespread problem. All the calls and e-mails I’ve received have been connected to four Nevada County restaurants so far.
Hallmark by Long’s closing: First we lost Kathy’s Hallmark, now the Hallmark store by Long’s is going out of business. I was in about a week ago and there was a 20 percent discount if you spent at least $20. I’m sure the discount sales will increase with time.
Telephone scam: A reader called to tell me about a phone call she received recently. A man said her $395 purchase “did not go through.” He told her he represented several banks, and read her an account number. She said the number didn’t sound familiar, so he said “give me your account number so I can check.” She asked for his name and number, and he hung up on her. Don’t give your bank info over the phone, ever!
Day of the Young Child: Sierra College and Gold Country Association for the Education of Young Children invite you to a free event for young children and their families. “Day of the Young Child” is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Sierra College, Nevada County Campus. There will be activities, food and entertainment all focused on this year’s theme, “A Day at the Beach.” For more information, call Sarah Cammon at 477-5772.
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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