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BBB provides insight on three scams

August 25. 2013 4:50AM
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LIMA — The Better Business Bureau has been receiving reports about three scams going on in the area.

There is a man who’s been going door-to-door in attempts to solicit funds for an 8-year-old girl who has cancer.

The man has approached businesses and individuals alike, telling them that the money is to be used to pay for the girl’s treatment. The girl’s family says he does not represent them in any way and are unaware of his activities. Anyone approached by this man should report it to their local law enforcement agency.

The man is 5-feet-4-inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He appears to be in his late 30s.

The BBB also is getting reports of emails being sent to consumers that appear to have come from Time Warner Cable, suggesting that there is a problem with billing and they should fill out an enclosed form and return it. The form asks confidential questions. This email is not from Time Warner, they do not contact customers in this way for any reason especially matters concerning billing.

Consumers have also reported receiving phone calls supposedly from Microsoft, claiming there is a problem with their computer and are then giving instructions from the caller on how to correct it. The motivation is to hack into the victim’s computer and steal information and data. Do not do what the caller says, because Microsoft does not contact customers this way.

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