• Scammers targeting Thomson’s elderly
By Linda Green

The elderly and unsuspecting in Thomson are being victimized by scams and scam artists.
In recent days, one elderly couple lost more than $20,000 to a scam artist who told them that they had won a sweepstakes and to collect, they had to send money for payment of fees.
Another scam involved a man claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency who called an elderly woman and told her that the agency had records of her importing drugs from the Dominican Republic. She was told there was a $6,000 fine associated with the records and to wire $3,500 to the man to avoid going to court.
“There is no such thing as a free lunch,” said Thomson Police Chief John Seay. “If someone calls you about winning something and to collect, you have to send him or her money, that is a scam,” he said.
Seay and Investigator Jamie Bridges extended this warning June 20 in response to reported scams preying on the elderly across the city.
“It is not as large a problem as it has been in the past but it is increasing because we are getting calls,” Bridges said. “People need to be aware and try to use a little common sense,” he said.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., June 23, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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