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Dec 22, 2009 9:52 PM by Stacy Daniel

Paso Police warn residents about a spike in scams

The Paso Robles Police Department issues a scam alert. Investigators are warning people not to take the bait. Officers say say they're seeing a spike in a number of rip-off schemes. Most cases involve a money order operation. Detectives say the crooks use the internet to contact people and offer them a money order for cash. Here's how it works, the bogus company sends you a money order for you to cash, and then you're suppose to send the cash back by wire transfer, here's the problem. The original money order is fake, and victims lose their money. Paso Robles Police Lieutenant, Tim Murphy says, "They are playing on people's good nature to help out and they're offering them a small cash payment for them to do so it can appear to be legitimate and it's really sad. It's a sad comment that they're playing on people's good nature."
Investigators say, if anyone, that you don't know contacts you and asks you for money or personal information, don't give it to them, instead, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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