Reader beware: more scams lurk

12/11/2008 11:34 AM

12/16/2010 12:00 PM

Yesterday I wrote about some Canadian-based scammers trying to foist fake checks on people in Merced. Well, it seems there are more scams than one coming from north of the border.

Shirley Webb, a grandmother from Merced, called the Sun-Star today with a story of her own. This morning she got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. He said he had been arrested in Canada and needed some money.

"I said, 'What are you doing in Canada?'" recalled Webb. "He said he was just looking around." She knew it wasn't her grandson, though--he'd just been married and lives in Redding, Calif. So she told whoever had called her that all she had was four quarters. Then he hung up. "They are out there and they are American," she said. "This was not a foreigner."

Foreign or not they want your money and will lie, steal and cheat to get it.

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