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To the editor:

I got a notice from the town warning of scammers, and am glad to see the town is putting out this warning. I’ve been getting frequent phone calls from some gentlemen in India, judging from their accents, telling me my computer has viruses which they will fix. The first time this happened I told them we had local companies that fix such problems. (I didn’t believe the scammers but I didn’t want to be rude.) They said, “They’ll just charge you lots of money and we will do the job for $90.” I said no thanks and hung up, only to get another call from them a week later, so I told them not to call again. But they did, on and on, so I told them I didn’t have a computer. They seemed incredulous but I insisted. I haven’t heard from them recently so maybe that worked.

I’ve also had calls from Nigerians saying they’ve identified me as a reliable person and want to deposit $500,000 on behalf of the Nigerian Royal Family directly into my bank account. In fact, Nigerians often send me emails and the emailer says he’s a priest or a minister. One told me I won a millions dollars in a lottery. Gosh, I’d always thought you had to enter a lottery before you could win.

I read a wonderful story about two men who scammed a scammer. They made him pay them lots of money to join a fake religious society and then get himself covered with permanent tatoos. Wish I could think of something like that.

Liz Thomas


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