As temperatures get warmer, door-to-door salespeople start popping up in Lafayette County neighborhoods. While many are just college students earning a few extra bucks during the summer, some are hard-core scammers. (July 10, 2014, Page 2)
The Oxford Electric Department is warning business customers against telephone scammers who are calling local businesses and threatening to discount their power if they aren’t paid within the hour.
Local law enforcement officials warn citizens to stay safe and stay smart when dealing with people asking for money and other favors. (August 29, 2013, Page 1, 5)
Editor Don Whitten shares Shirley Coleman’s story of a telephone scam that sounded so real that she and her husband almost were victims. Coleman’s story has a good ending, though, and serves as a warning to others. (July 8, 2013, Page 4)
Scammers and phishers out there don’t just go after individuals through emails and text messages; they’re after businesses as well and they’re not bashful about it. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a recent offering which used the Better Business Bureau as a hook to grab valuable information. (November 29, 2012, Page 4)
Scams involving repair work, inheritance, lotteries and work-at-home schemes are very common. Editor Don Whitten has come across another one – scams involving secret shoppers – to warn readers about. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)
The Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department want to warn the public about falling victim to scams where they are told they have won money in a sweepstakes and all they have to do, is wire them a “handling fee.” (July 13, 2011, Page 2)
Scams and computer viruses have a new angle – traffic tickets. Editor Don Whitten, somehow, was ticketed for speeding in east-central New York a little over a week ago – even though he’s never been to New York – and was given a chance to pay his fine by clicking on an email attachment. He declined and explains what additional information he’s discovered about this scam. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)