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2014-03-13

Scams target locals again

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Bandera County residents will no doubt never be free from scammers of one kind or another. This week a couple of old familiar ones reached out to try to part some good folks from their money.
Betty Schultz received a very convincing looking check purportedly from the Aetna Life Insurance Company from a Mr. Alex Zito. Zito's cover letter assured Schultz that the $4,350 check would cover the $3,900 processing fee in order for her to collect the "second prize in the European, African, and USA Consumer sweepstake." The prize? $250,000!
Zito advised Schultze in his letter "not to act on this notice until contacting [him] to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of prize monies." Isn't it sweet of this scumbag to be so concerned?
Of course, Schultze never entered any sweepstakes, even though Zito claimed she had a serial number in which the first five numbers matched the "first five lucky winning numbers."
Schultze wisely showed the "check" to her local banker who advised her to toss it away.
Another Bandera County couple got a phone call from someone claiming to be their grandson. He said he desperately needed money immediately. "It really sounded like him," said the woman. Unfortunately, they wired the funds, so they are currently a few hundred dollars poorer but certainly wiser.
If you have children or grandchildren who are traveling, it might be wise to set up a "password" with them ahead of time. If the caller doesn't know the password, you'll be able to go to sleep without worrying about the child, and your bank account would remain intact.
And once again, we remind you to be alert and careful. Do not give your bank account numbers to anyone, even if they claim to be from your bank. Don't send money to anyone without taking extra care to verify the request is genuine.
If you are notified that you have mysteriously or miraculously come into a huge pile of money, realize there are no such mysteries or miracles!