Editorial: Stay cautious against scams

Published 9:45 am Tuesday, March 23, 2010

By the North Chilton Advertiser staff

A Thorsby man’s recent ordeal is the latest reminder that we must stay cautious at all times to avoid scams.
Scams come in many different forms and look authentic. Gary Morris received a check bearing the official seal of Stanford University. Morris was instructed via e-mail to keep 10 percent of the check and forward the rest of the money to a London, England address.
Thankfully, Morris realized something was fishy and, instead of trying to cash in, he notified authorities.
Not everyone might be so observant and, thus, end up with a problem on their hands instead of simply a story to tell others about the dangers of scams.
Scammers often target the most susceptible—the elderly and those desperate to make a buck.
We must all remember that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.