Scam vic­tim

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, Scammed. Per­son­ally, I was! When? Au­gust 1, 2 p.m. A 66-year-old per­son that I knew, on a sel­dom visit to my house, asked me for a favour say­ing, “Could I ask you for a favour of $20?” Re­ceiv­ing Old Age Pen­sion and Canada Pen­sion cheques through di­rect bank de­posit four days ear­lier, July 27 to be ex­act, now Aug. 1, four days later, he needs a favour of $20.

Think­ing the con­ver­sa­tion would con­tinue, I gave him the money, yet in a strange quiet­ness, he never of­fered a re­pay­ment date or rea­son for the favour, yet broached an­other sub­ject -- the weather. I knew I had been scammed and for self-pro­tec­tion, qui­etly walked that scam­mer out of my house.

My cousin, a po­lice­man, his spe­cialty that of white col­lar in­ves­ti­ga­tor, tells me that what that per­son did is against the law. A crim­i­nal act. Not the first time this scam­mer does this, says my cousin.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety, the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion with ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the gov­ern­ment, each have vol­un­teers go­ing door-todoor each spring ask­ing for do­na­tions. For ev­ery do­na­tion, the vol­un­teer door col­lec­tor writes up a num­bered re­ceipt, amount of do­na­tion, then signs the re­ceipt which can be cal­cu­lated into the yearly fil­ing of Rev­enue Canada in­come tax.

At 66 years old, this scam­mer be­lieved he would abuse me at 82 years old. El­der abuse.

Be­lieve me, mea­sures are in place! Suzanne Black­burn, Alexan­dria

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