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Mail Scam Targets Missoula’s Older Adults

January, 8th

Linda Brooks-Curtis received this check in the mail, which would have bounced after being deposited had she not turned it in.

Linda Brooks-Curtis received this check in the mail, which would have bounced after being deposited had she not turned it in.

Linda Brooks-Curtis was excited when she first read the letter. She was being told that she'd won millions and was awarded $2,450 to help pay the fee. All Linda had to do, the letter said, was deposit the check and pay a processing fee of $1,950. If she had, Linda would have been out almost two-grand as the check was fake and part of a common scam tactic targeting older adults. Missoula Aging Service's Renee Labrie-Shanks says these scams come into the US by the truckload deceiving Americans out of $18 billion a year. Read the full story from KECI here.

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