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Scams are returning in even greater numbers than previously.  Anyone who mails a check needs to be careful as check washing is popular again. Basically, the thieves steal the checks, wash off the payee and the amount and then use the signature to clean out individual’s accounts.  It’s a neat trick.  The fake  IRS for one,   in the United States,  is used by these scams who have cheated thousands of people.  The companies are in Africa although they can disguise the phone numbers to make it appear as if it is in the states. They make claims that would frighten anyone.  They say they are coming to take a person’s home, any valuables they may have, their car and more.  They also demand a credit card to save the individual.  Just recently, a credit card company claimed I owed money for two different items.  One of them was Cox.  I knew I didn’t owe the money but I verified with Cox anyways.  They assured me they were removing it.  This happened to my daughter as well and it took years to have it removed.  I do not understand how these people can live with themselves.  Stealing must mean nothing to them.  They may think that the people they are robbing have plenty of money and because they do not the ends appears to justify the means. Actually, it really doesn’t. There probably were scams in the big cities during the Good Gus era.  I know that the miracle tonics existed and they were a scam because people felt great simply because they contained alcohol. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books are available now!  “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form.

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