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Readers’ corner 4/9/07

Lotus Mountain opens in Nevada City: Bob Buhlis, the president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, told me this new business has opened. Bob said, “Lotus Mountain has been a wholesaler for many years and is now opening a store in town next to the Chamber office in the old Assay Office. James and Helen Jay specialize in body, mind and home care.” I haven’t checked it out yet, but I plan to. Their address is 130 Main St.

Paper Rabbit for sale: This is the cute shop on Mill Street in Grass Valley that carries paper goods. She has several signs in the window saying she is selling the business, which does not include the building. I also noticed, on the other side of Mill Street, two vacant businesses with “For Lease” signs.

Latest credit card scam: This is happening with both Visa and MasterCard. Someone calls you on the phone, and identifies themselves as being with the Security and Fraud Department, giving you his “badge” number. They say your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, an Anti-Telemarketing Device, for $497. (The amount is under $500, where the flagging usually is triggered.) When you say you didn’t purchase the item, the man says he’ll credit your account. Then he says they will start a fraud investigation and tells you a six digit number that is your “Control Number.”



Next, and here is the payoff, the caller asks if you are in possession of the card. He asks you to turn it over and ask you to read the three-digit security numbers on the back of the card. You are asked very little information and you have never given your card number, but these scammers need your three-digit security (PIN) number. Then, they charge $497 to your account. It’s relatively easy to get credit card numbers (dumpster divers behind restaurants get old receipts), but the three-digit number is the key. Just remember to never give information over the phone. Hang up and call your credit card company yourself, using the number on the back of the card.

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To contact Readership Editor Dixie Redfearn, e-mail dixier@theunion.com or call 477-4238.


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