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Flimflamers, also known as scammers, are broadening their scams to include President Obama.
Just in time for President Obama’s visit to Atlanta last Tuesday, scammers came up what police called “Obama scam.”
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Atlanta issued a warning about a new scam “claiming President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program.”
The BBB said people had been contacted in person and through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumers’ social security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills.
Customers quickly find out there is no money and some believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not.
And the sad ending to the story, several people fell for the flimflam.
If you ever encounter a flimflammer, always remember, if something seems too good to be true, it’s probably illegal.
Anyone who believes they have been contacted by a scammer should contact the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
THIEF STEALS FROM POLICE
Sometimes thieves aren’t picky and in St. Helena Island, S.C., Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a bold thief.
Someone has taken the air conditioner from a sheriff’s substation on St. Helena Island.
A deputy reported for duty at the small office and noticed the temperature was soaring. When he went around to the side of the building, he found out why. The air conditioner was gone.
An electrical box on the building also was damaged.
Police said the unit was valued at $1,000.
FOR THE GOLFERS:
A hack golfer spends a day at a plush country club, playing golf, enjoying the luxury of a complimentary caddy. Being a hack golfer, he plays poorly all day. When he finally reaches the 18th hole, he spots a lake off to the left of the fairway.
He looks at the caddy and says, “I’ve played so poorly all day; I think I’m going to go drown myself in that lake.”
The caddy looks back at him and says, “I don’t think you could keep your head down that long.”