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2011-02-24

Beware - another telephone scam strikes Bandera County

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County resident Elizabeth James contacted the Courier on Monday, Feb. 21, to warn the newspaper's readers about yet another telephone scam that appears to be making the rounds.
Immediately before calling the Courier, James had received a telephone call from a purported "Mark Fairbank" of Global International. In somewhat broken English, Fairbank asked to speak to James' husband. She told the caller that her husband was unavailable.
Fairbank told James that Global International was attempting to mail her husband a package that included a certified check. Fairbank asked James to have her husband call 702-516-6254 to make arrangements to ship the package and check.
According to James, the caller insisted that the package must be shipped through UPS rather than by the United States Postal Service. "They can get in big trouble for running scams through the post office," she said.
"I asked him what the check was for," James continued. "He told me the check was being sent to my husband because he pays his utility bills so promptly."
Of course, James was aware that the Bandera Electric Cooperative seldom - if ever - rewards its members with cash or certified checks for paying their utility bills promptly. Rather than punch in the 702 number, she called the Courier instead.
"I wanted the newspaper to let everyone know about this scam With this bad economy, a lot of people - especially older people - have been having financial problems lately. They might actually fall for this scheme," James said.
The Courier will reiterate. If confronted by a financial proposition that seems "too good to be true," it probably is.
To report a possible scam, contact the Texas Attorney General's office at 800-252-8011 or visit www.texasattorneygeneral.gov - and tell 'em Elizabeth James sent you.