Scam vic­tim won­ders what to do

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I was re­cently a vic­tim of fraud. It in­volved a job of­fer that turned out to be fake and a check that turned out to be bad. My ques­tion to you is: Should I re­port this to the po­lice or some­one else?

Don’t feel too fool­ish. Ac­cord­ing to a study from Javelin Strat­egy & Re­search, 15.4 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were vic­tims of fraud in 2016 alone. Con­tact the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion to re­port the in­ci­dent at 877-FTCHELP. Though I’m sure you’ve learned your les­son, I still have to say: Never ac­cept checks from strangers, as there are a mul­ti­tude of bad-check scams out there, and don’t wire money to any­one you don’t know. Even if a re­quest for funds ap­pears to come from some­one you know, reach out over the phone or in per­son to be sure it’s not an im­per­son­ator who has hacked the ac­count. Sign up for alerts on new scams and how to avoid them at http://www.ftc.gov/scams.

Dear Feel­ing Fool­ish:

I have been pon­der­ing the let­ter from “Drained,” who was tired of an ac­quain­tance’s charg­ing his ve­hi­cle at “Drained’s” house.

I feel that the let­ter from “Drained” was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and that your ad­vice — to ask the per­son with the elec­tric ve­hi­cle for re­im­burse­ment for elec­tric­ity — only added in­sult to in­jury.

Dear An­nie: Dear An­nie: — Feel­ing Fool­ish

A num­ber of years ago, I came down with pe­riph­eral neuropathy, for which there is no cure. What this ba­si­cally means is that I have nerve dam­age in my feet. I do not let this get me down and do ev­ery­thing I can to keep my life as nor­mal as pos­si­ble. I have to ride a scooter ev­ery­where I go, in­clud­ing around the house.

If I am out and have to charge my scooter at some­one’s home, I will do it with­out ques­tion. It takes an hour to charge, and the elec­tric­ity needed costs the home about 30 cents. If I don’t charge my scooter, then my bat­tery dies on my way home, and I have to find some­one close who can push me to my des­ti­na­tion or crawl on my hands and knees, push­ing my scooter un­til I hit my des­ti­na­tion or find a place where I can charge it. I have not run into any­one who minds giv­ing me 30 cents’ worth of elec­tric­ity when needed.

I hope you never get to a point in your life that you need a scooter to be part of your life. It is not fun, but you do what you can to keep your life as nor­mal as you can.

I’m print­ing your let­ter as a caveat to my ini­tial re­sponse to the let­ter from “Drained” (about an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, which re­quires much more elec­tric­ity and is less es­sen­tial). In cases where some­one needs to charge his or her mo­bil­ity scooter, of­fer­ing your out­let is the right thing to do, with no quib­bling over kilo­watts.

Send your ques­tions for An­nie Lane to dear­an­nie@cre­ators.com. To find out more about An­nie Lane visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­site at www. cre­ators.com.

Dear Greg: — Greg

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