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Distinctive Living For Those 50+ Beautiful 1 bedroom a partment All utilities included! Indoor storage units available/ RT. 121 &. Main Street, Latham 217-433-7099 ............ ..-, . , ...:,b:!': ;3; When the power goes out.., and it will... You can depend on our Guardian Standby Generators Automatic Back-up Power Permanent Fully Automatic 24/7 Protection Better Than Portables Dave Bassett John Wyss Mt, Pulaski lic. #058-12-1898 792-5593 .... /,i Police Department Cautions Residents I would lie to bring aware- ness to the citizens of Mt. Pulaski about a phone scam that has been occurring frequently for the past couple of years. The scammer usually victimizes the elderly, but not always. It is a phone scare where someone calls your phone; it can be your landline or cellphone. The caller states that he is a member of a law enforcement agency and that a member of your family is in jail needing bond money, usually $1500.00 to $2,000.00 dollars bond for release. Sometimes the caller actu- ally knows the name of your relative and can give some per- sonal information to make you believe the call is legitimate. They ask that you immediately wire the bond money to a par- ticular location and attempt to make you believe the relative will suffer in some way if you Help Wanted Full/Part Time Starting in August " Apply in Person Gro Alliance 4.5 miles South - West of Mt. Pulaski Or cal1217--792-5001 fordetails fail to do this. Most recipients of these calls do not send money. However, it has been reported that some have lost money. It is very easy these days to acquire personal information via the Internet. Scams work because the scammers are good at collecting the information necessary to achieve their goal of convincing you that they are legitimate. Identity theft is prob- ably ,the leading scam and can occur in many different forms such as "phishing", a technique used by con artists to'gain your personal information in order to steal your identity. If I could offera tip I would suggest that no legitimate bank, law enforcement agency or credit card company will ever call and require you to give account numbers, social secu- rity numbers or any personal information over the phone. If you have elderly relatives please make sure they under- stand that these scams work because they force the victim into a panic mode in which irra- tional decisions are made. If a call is received please ask ques- tions of the caller such as the name, address, phone number of the company they claim they " are affiliated with. Contact the Better Business Bureau to con- firm the information. If you feel you or an elderly relative have been a victim of a scam you can report it to the Illi- nois Attorney General or your local law enforcement agency. Most scams are very difficult or impossible to investigate but credit card companies require police reports to be filed before they proceed. Some helpful numbers are listed below. You may also call the Mt. Pulaski Police Department at 217-792- 5018 for information lind bro- chures on various scams. Illinois Attorney General www.illinoisattorneygeneral. gov Consumer FraOd Hotline 1-8130-243-0618 Identity Theft Hotline 1-866-999-5630 Health Care Hotline 1-877-305-5145 Senior Citizens Consumer Fraud Hofline 1-800-243-5377 Better Business Bureau http:// heartofillinois.bbb:org 1-309- . 688-3741 Lynn Freer Chief- Mt Pulaski Police Department. 2O O L lid 0