Readers’ corner 6/25/07
Magnolia School students rock! Judie Rae from the Food Bank of Nevada County wants to thank the students from Magnolia Middle School, who raised more than $1,600 at their Renaissance Faire and donated it to the Food Bank. What caring young citizens attend Magnolia! Also, the Food Bank is experiencing a bit of a financial crisis this summer; they have instituted a summer lunch program and are now feeding healthy snacks to more than 250 children each day. Any donations of fresh fruit are welcome, as are financial contributions. The Food Bank can be reached at 272-3796.
Scam alert: A reader came into the paper last week with a pretty authentic looking check her husband received for $2,926.34. The letter with it explained that he had won a “monthly global draw” through a computerized ballot system drawn from “Reader’s Digest, Publisher’s Clearing House, mailing addresses and computer games.” The check was supposedly for “tax and administrative expenses” and, of course, it was not good. But these checks look authentic and are made out in the names of local residents, so be careful!
Smileys Check Cashing: Tom from Smileys in Grass Valley called Friday to tell me a lot of people are coming in with these phony checks, asking that they be cashed. Smileys tells them the checks are phony. Usually the company tells you to cash the check and then mail them part of it back – but by the time the check “clears” – and bounces – you have already sent them some money. So, you are out the check amount, plus whatever you sent. The checks appear from all over, but the phone number is usually from Canada, Tom says.
Another scam alert: Joann Akiyoshi, who lives in Morgan Ranch, warns of scam telephone calls that she and her elderly mother, who also lives in the neighborhood, received recently. A man called her mother telling her to “Go down to Federal Express, pay $200, pick up the package there and remail it” to another address – promising “they” would send millions of dollars. The man also called very early in the morning. Her mother was left feeling confused and scared that someone would try to deliver a package to her door.
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