Salina Residents Warned Of Shopping Scams

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Authorities have been warning Salina residents about two scams working in the area.

One of the scams involves phone calls and text messages saying the person has won a gift certificate to major retailers. The Better Business Bureau says the scam is being used to solicit private information, including Social Security numbers.

A second scam is a secret-shopping letter containing a Better Business Bureau seal, but is not accredited by the organization. The letter is accompanied by a fraudulent check for nearly $3,000 which the recipient is asked to deposit using a debit card. The recipient is told to then go to Western Union to wire $2,300 back to the company.

The Better Business Bureau says the check will not clear the bank.

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