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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-21-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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20 NORTH COUNTY NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Slatersville woman says she never imagined being the type to fall for an elaborate phone scam, but that's just what happened to her when she let someone take $500 from her this month. The woman, who asked not to be named, is warning others to avoid a similar downfall this holiday season. People should be especially careful about strange calls from such com- panies as iTunes, Google, Apple, Amazon and MoneyPak, she said. As the woman tells it, she got a call supposedly from Apple telling her that someone was trying to use her account to buy something in Japan and Germany. She was told to click on a supposed Apple sup- port icon on her screen, which she did. She didn't realize someone had hacked her computer and changed the icon. Three hours later, the woman was in deep with a claimed techni- cian who told her the only way she could stop what was happening was to go buy a $500 gift card at Target. She did that, buying the gift card on her credit card, and read the num- bers to the person over the phone. "Like an idiot, I did it," she said. "They're masters at it." She soon learned that her gift card had no money left on it, and representatives from Target told her there was nothing they could do. The phone number she had used was no longer in service. The victim reported the scam to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, but is out the $500 and knows she will never see that money again. She said it's important not to accept any calls that are even remotely suspicious, adding that if your gut is telling you something is wrong, it probably is. Reputable companies and agencies are not making these types of calls, she said. Also something to keep in mind is to never take gift cards from the front of a card pack, said the woman. Scammers are often wait- ing for those particular numbers to come up so they can steal the money. Report a scam to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General at 401-274-4400. North Smithfield woman warns of gift card scam By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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