Scam watch

This collection of news stories and links is designed to warn against scams and fraud, and to help readers evaluate businesses and charities. Read about schemes reported locally below.

The list of links to the right offers a variety of online resources for people to research suspected scams and take steps to protect themselves. Check e-mail rumors and offers at Snopes.com. Stop telemarketing calls by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call registry. Monitor for fraudulent use of your name or resources by getting a free annual credit report from a government-mandated program.

If you suspect you have been a target of a scam, contact your local police or sheriff’s department. A list of department numbers is available at the right.

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