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Column: More scams; run for the hills!
by Officer Larry Jacobs
February 22, 2013 01:40 PM | 1664 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officer Larry Jacobs - Sandy Springs Police
Officer Larry Jacobs - Sandy Springs Police
You get home after a very long day at work. There was a two-hour traffic delay, you had to fill up your tank, which cost you $58 and you are starving because you only had a Juicy Juice for lunch. You’re expecting an important email, so you quickly log on to your email account and the first email, in very bad English, is letting you know that you had a long lost uncle in Nigeria and that he left you 3 million pounds (that’s money). His attorney, who sent you the email, says he requires 10,000 us dollars be sent to him via Western Union to some weird address in Canada.

This is from an actual email and people fall for these things every day. Delete it!

The AARP has put out a scam alert on what is called the 876 Area Code Scam. This scam is directed towards seniors. Your phone rings and the caller ID shows an 876 area code. The call appears to coming from the 876 area code in the US, but it’s the area code for Jamaica. If you don’t have friends, relatives or business contacts in Jamaica, then most likely it’s from a scammer. These scammers are very persistent and can be verbally abusive and even go as far as threatening victims with harm if they don’t send money.

According to the article, approximately 30,000 calls are made from Jamaica each day to the United States attempting to defraud American’s.

Basically, the victims are congratulated for winning the Jamaican lottery or a new car. They are advised to send upwards of $4,000 to process the winnings. The scammer says that once the funds are received, they will wire them the money. Guess what? You get nothing.

Free Advice: Watch out for Magazine Sales Scams – a door to door or phone sales person offers you great deals on magazines. You pay and never see the magazines.

Work – at – home scams – Bad economy, desperate people. It all adds up to being scammed by some amazing work at home scam. Keep your eyes open and buyer beware.

Charity Scams – Huge after a natural disaster or during the holidays. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau or only give to the Charity’s that you know and trust. What out for the fly by night ones.

Good Luck!

Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached at

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