The Covington News - - OPINION -

Re­cently there seems to be an up­swing in lo­cal folks be­ing scammed, ei­ther in tra­di­tional ways or now in even more de­vi­ous ways.

When eco­nomic times are not right, le­gions of worth­less scum come out of the dark cracks in so­ci­ety and con­spire to take ad­van­tage of the needs or good will of de­cent hu­man be­ings.

The age of the In­ter­net has made their jobs much eas­ier.

Please, take this as a warn­ing: If you have el­derly rel­a­tives who are more trust­ing than most, talk with them about the fact that noth­ing in life is free. Ev­ery­thing that is good comes with some type of price.

If you or a rel­a­tive re­ceives a note on the In­ter­net that prom­ises you riches in ex­change for send­ing cash to some for­eign coun­try, it is a scam.

If you are of­fered a med­i­cal cure for a small do­na­tion, it’s a scam.

If some­one of­fers to take prop­erty off your hands at a ridicu­lous price, it is a scam.

If one of your friends, some­one you know doesn’t travel, is mys­te­ri­ously caught over­seas with no money, it is a scam.

If some­one wants to give you free pedi­greed an­i­mals for only a small do­na­tion to cover ship­ping them to you, it is a scam.

If some­one wants to take a time share off your hands, it prob­a­bly is a scam.

Each of you needs to stay alert and es­pe­cially be alert with your el­derly rel­a­tives, be­cause scam­mers, in a few short hours, can take ev­ery­thing from them. If you think you are be­ing scammed, you prob­a­bly are. We sug­gest you con­tact your lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cials; more than likely, they are try­ing to track the scam­mers them­selves.

Be safe, and above all be smart.

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