Scams can be local, not only nation-wide

Recently on the news we heard about a nation-wide scam that seems to be pretty effective i.e., people are falling for it.

In that instance, someone phones and claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service and starts spouting all kinds of threats and, in the end, demands money, of course. Some folks, for whatever reason fearful because it’s the IRS, do send money.

Bad move.

If you get such a call, ask for a phone number (which you won’t get), then hang up and call the IRS. But do not pay without being sure you’re not being scammed.

We mention this because of the scam upon which we reported in last week’s Cabinet. It was a bit different, which you’ll know if you read the story, but a scam none the less. This one targetted Chapanga’s restaurant in Milford by running what amounts to a secondary scam upon social service agencies and their clients.

The scam started with a letter supposedly on Chapanga letterhead paper sent to places like Share suggesting that they copy the letter and pass it out to clients because it offered the clients and family members free meals at Chapanga’s.

But it wasn’t real.

It’s apparent to us that someone was out to get Chapanga’s because, in the case of social service clients, they might be embarrassed but they wouldn’t be out any money. Chapanga’s, on the other hand, well, they’d either honor the phoney letters so as not to embarrass people, thus lose money, or refuse to honor them and infuriate those who tried to use them.

To make this doubly awful, the letter said that folks using it didn’t have to show it to their server in advance but instead, eat a nice meal and then show it so someone, either the restaurant or the customer, was sure to be embarrassed.

This is a slimy scam cooked up by slimy people.

Please don’t fall for it.