Stimulus scams and a "Pink Slip Party"!

March 6, 2009 2:11:33 PM PST
This mailing says Bailout Form 2009 from the Division of Revenue Department of Funding. It makes you think it's an urgent notice from the government. But it's not! It's actually a promotional offer from a travel company! Other offers, many operating online, are also outright scams! Some websites and emails offer to help you qualify for a payment from the economic stimulus package. Consumers are asked to provide personal information or a fee. These are scams are meant to steal your identity, money or both.
The F-B-I is issuing an alert about a scam Action News first warned you about in November. Kira Chapman lost more than $2600 after answering an ad on Craig's list to buy a silver Toyota Corolla. The seller claimed he had to get rid of the car because he was in the military and getting deployed to Afghanistan. He instructed Kira to send the money to a third-party payment company but the company turned out to be bogus copycat! The F-B-I says this new twist where scammers pose as members of the military is becoming more and more prevalent so be careful.
Pink Slip parties are becoming all the rage. They're parties thrown for folks who've been newly laid off. It's an opportunity to get discounted drinks, hobnob with recruiters, and commiserate with others who are now unemployed. And on Wednesday of next week, you can attend one of these in Philadelphia. The Pink Slip Party takes place at the Public House at 2 Logan Square from 5 to 8.

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