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Company Impersonation Con Fools Subscribers
likes a great discount, but be wary of cable discounts.
steep discount on your monthly cable bill? This may sound like a great way to
save money, but it could be the set up for a scam. Con artists are impersonating
cable companies and taking advantage of subscribers' eagerness to save money.
the Scam Works:
get a call, and it's someone claiming to be a representative from your cable
provider's "loyal rewards" program. The caller offers you a
significant discount on your monthly cable and/or service. For $80 per month,
you can get phone, broadband Internet, and the premium cable channels. This
package would typically run subscribers well over $100/month.
course there's a catch! You need to pay for six months of the discounted rate
upfront. And this "representative" doesn't take credit cards, only
pre-paid debit cards. Using one of these cards is as untraceable as paying in
to BBB Scam Tracker reports, lately con artists are impersonating
Comcast, but they will likely move on to other cable providers as the scam
expands. Also, reports say that scammers frequently have personal information
about targets, such as address, phone number and current level of service,
making this con very believable.
to avoid a utility scam:
companies aren't the only utilities that scammers impersonate. Watch out for
variations involving electricity, gas and other bills.
About every 3 hours, a person
or vehicle is hit by a train.
Operation Lifesaver is
working to change people's behavior around railroad tracks and crossings with
the national public awareness campaign, See Tracks? Think Train!
Manual transmission foils
A stick shift stopped two
would-be carjackers who robbed a man at gunpoint in Pittsburgh.
Police said the victim, 28,
was in his car on North Euclid Avenue in the East Liberty neighborhood Tuesday
night when a man tapped the barrel of a gun on the driver's side window.
The man got out of his car,
and the gunman and a second suspect demanded money, said public safety
spokeswoman Emily Schaffer.
When the victim revealed he
had none, the suspects took his cellphone and asked for the car keys — but
lost interest in taking the car when he mentioned it's a stick-shift, Schaffer
“We typically don't hear
about too many situations where the thieves decide to not take a vehicle in a
carjacking based on the type of transmission,” Schaffer said. “Fortunately,
the victim was not injured in this incident and nothing further, including his
vehicle, was taken
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