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Update: Online Fishing License Scam We Fell For, Gets Worse

It was the Friday before the 4th of July weekend and we jumped on the computer to buy our Minnesota fishing license.  We fell for a scam which I blogged about previously.  We called, complained and were promised our money back.  We thought we had avoided the issue, but it gets worse. 

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Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund
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Warning: Don’t Fall For The Same Online Fishing License Scam That We Did

It was the Friday before the 4th of July weekend and we realized we needed to get our Minnesota fishing license before we left for camping.  No problem, right?  My husband jumped on the computer and in a matter of minutes was yelling at the monitor and saying he had been scammed.  Here's what happened and what you should look for to avoid the same scam.

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Look Out For Threatening Calls From 206-495-9586 Claiming to Be From IRS

This morning I was getting ready for work when I noticed I missed a call from the number 206-495-9586, which is from the Seattle area, and they had left a message.  The message was a the recording of a woman claiming to be from the IRS, saying they have been trying to reach me about criminal charges being filed against me.

The funny thing is I had recently had correspondence with the IRS regarding some minor questions, so I knew they like to use certified mail or you reach them by calling an '800' number, so I figured this was a scam.

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US Courts Want You Aware Of A Scam That Could Easily Go National

Not many people my age can say this but, "I have never been called for jury duty".  I have no idea how they contact you or what is expected, I haven't had that life experience yet.  That is why the latest scam makes me so nervous, I don't have anything to compare it to, so it would be harder for me to detect if it was false.

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If You Get A Cell Phone Call From Your Own Phone, Don’t Answer, It’s A Scam

I was attending a healthy eating class through Duluth Community Action with my friend Coleen when her cell phone rang.  We were both surprised since we thought we had both silenced our phones for the class.  We were even more surprised to see that the number that was calling was her own.

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Stuart Miles
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Recent Fraud Scam Warning From The Superior Douglas Chamber Of Commerce

It's sad that our local Chambers of Commerce work so hard to promote our local businesses and someone with fraudulent intentions comes along and tries to use them to unjustly gain monetarily.   That has happened to our Superior Douglas Chamber of Commerce and they want to warn local businesses.

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Cathy Kates
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Young Student Warns Others After Being Targeted In Parking Lot [VIDEO]

Locally, we have heard warnings of scams involving the IRS involving fake phone calls especially now that it's tax time, people on the side of the road next to a vehicle with their hood up pretending to need assistance and there was the one about the post it note on your windshield after you've come out from shopping.  This is the latest scam I've heard of and the best advice I can give is know your surroundings and keep your guard up.

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HEADS UP: Don’t Fall For This Amazon Email Scam

 

Amazon can be the savior for many of us when it comes to Christmas shopping, but be careful for scammers trying to get your information.

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Some Companies Have A Trick To Pitch You A Sale That Might Be Illegal

A new phone campaign called "Political Opinions of America" offers a three-question "poll," and then offers a reward that sounds suspiciously like a classic timeshare sales pitch. After answering political questions, the person is transferred to a live operator from "corporate travel services" who is giving away free cruises thanks to an anonymous donor. Some say it is a scam.

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Be Aware Of Scammers Going Door To Door Offering Tree Removal, Roof Repair, Or Other Services After Storm

Word has spread quickly across the region of the severe damage caused in the Duluth area.  While many have come to help and aid those who need it, unfortunately there is always the potential for criminals to prey on victims of yesterday's storm.  Be weary of anyone going door to door offering services.  They could be scamming you.  Here's some tips to prevent being a victim.

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Duluth Police Warn Not to Fall For “Help Wanted” Scams

The old saying goes that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  The Duluth Police Departments wants you to be aware of online "Help Wanted" scams that could end with you having money and personal information stolen.

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Authorities Warn of Summer Blacktop Scams in the Northland

I guess it's that time of year.  I tell you of the IRS scams in February and May, now that we're on the cusp of summer I need to share info about blacktop scams.  Honestly, you really can never let your guard down, you never know where the next scam will hit you!

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