Readers’ corner 7/25/07 |

Readers’ corner 7/25/07

Scams in the mail: I’ve been somewhat flooded with readers bringing me scam letters they have received in the mail. One reader was informed he was a “cash income beneficiary” from a group out of Australia. He will receive part of a $7 million bequest; the letter was vague as to why. He only had to send $14.95 (and supply his credit card number if he were to charge it, although a check would do nicely.)

A letter to another reader was from Ghana, from a woman practicing law in the U.K. and trying to settle the estate of a family that was killed in a car crash in West Africa. She would like to give the reader 40 percent of the $18.2 million in the estate – she’ll keep 50 percent and 10 percent will be for expenses. She wants to discuss the details over e-mail – to her Yahoo account. One reader received a letter that he’d won $1.5 million in a lottery he didn’t enter.

If you receive one of these letters, please take them to your local post office, as it is considered mail fraud. If you don’t want to drive to the post office, mark the letter Attn: Postmaster and leave it in your mailbox.

Antonio Banderas Valdez: This is the name (well, the Antonio and Valdez part, anyway!) of an absolutely beautiful baby boy who was being shown off at the Grower’s Market Saturday at the Fairgrounds. Grandma had him in a stroller and darned if the little guy didn’t look just like Antonio Banderas! He was drawing quite a crowd.

More kudos to Fire Safe Council: This comes from Ruby Totten. “I’d like to add my voice to the kudos for the great folks associated with the Fire Safe Council. Ten dynamic young people showed up last Monday to make minced meat of the fire hazards in my yard. They worked for four hours, and slogging away shoulder to shoulder with them was Fire Safe Council Board Member Dennis Cassella, who had made the initial evaluation of the yard. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Dennis, the kids, and this wonderful organization.”

Walk for Literacy: Alan Archer wanted people to have a heads-up about this event. On International Literacy Day, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon the Nevada County Library Literacy Service is conducting its first “Walk-a-Mile for Literacy” event to raise awareness of the challenges faced each day by people with low literacy skills. The easy one-mile walk begins and ends in The Union parking lot as it goes through Glenbrook Plaza and Gold Country Center. Registration forms are available at all library branches, at The Book Seller, Ames Bookstore, Harmony Books and Toad Hall Books. The form will also appear in The Union ads on July 25 (that’s today!) and 28. Deadline for pre-registering is Aug. 13th. Questions? Call Alan at 470-2772.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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