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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 THE VALLEY 5 BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Volunteer ISABELLA RUSSO passes a box filled with food dur- ing Lincoln's annual holi- day basket drive on Monday to help mem- bers of the commu- nity celebrate Thanksgiving no matter their financial status. 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 technician 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 numbers 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 repre- sentatives 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. Local woman warns of gift card scam By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Cumberland Library opens at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a staff development workshop. Items may be returned in the book or media drops. The library will re-open at 1 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 711 hosts Pancakes with Santa breakfast Dec. 7 LINCOLN – Cub Scout Pack 711 in Albion is hosting a Pancakes with Santa breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church Hall. The cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. For more information, contact Sara Brown at 908-303-8628 or pack711albionRI@gmail.com . IN BRIEF do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com

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