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6A Wednesday, Nov, 26, 2014 Feather River Bulletin SCAM, from page 1A included his age and occupation. Terhune is 84 and a retired airline pilot. Once he supplied the information, Terhune received an email from "Eric Williams, head of recruitment." The email came from, and didn't include a company name. The following includes the exact phrasing and capitalization used. "All we require is your trust, honesty and to get an acknowledgment from you that you have received this email so we can immediately give you commencement modalities and the tracking number with which the payment for your fiirst assignment would be delivered to you in the next 2 to 3 business working days by the United State Postal Service (USPS). "Another email Update will be sent to you on how to Complete your first assignment. I will urge you to , ,ORI~EJ~TOI~E C SHIER S CHEEC;K M~ff(~ I?EY DANK ~ *~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~o.~,~ ~ ~o,~o ~ ~. George Terhune receives a very real-looking check after responding to an email seeking a Secret Shopper. Terhune suspected that the request was a scare, but played along anyway to satisfy his curiosity. Photo submitted tighten your belt and get back names, but not his last name. that he would be reporting on to work as work is about to Whether that was intentional Western Union as well. commence." or not, he doesn't know. Terhune located a That last sentence was Terhune was told to deposit Cornerstone Community repeated verbatim when the check into his account, Bank in Red Bluff and Williams sent Terhune a brief take $10 to purchase an item learned that the check was follow-up email confirming from Wal-Mart as a Secretfraudulent. that his first assignment had Shopper, keep $250 for his Had he deposited the check been processed, commission, use $10 to buy a and completed the rest of the A few days later, Terhune cashier's check, pay Western instructions, the check would received a page of Union $40 in transfer charges have bounced and he would instructions and a check for and send the remainder to a have lost his own money. $2,860 drawn on Cornerstone woman in China. Williams sent Terhune an Community Bank. However In addition to evaluatingemail asking for an update on the check was made out using the shopping experience at his progress on his Terhune's first and middle Wal-Mart, Terhune was told assignment. Terhune responded in part, "Oh, by the way, I plan to use the $10 to buy a 'Liar's Dice' at Wal-Mart, but maybe it would fit your needs better than mine. So give me an address to send it to, once I've completed the assignment." Terhune has not received a response to his latest email. A quick Internet search revealed many warnings involving this particular scam including some from Wal-Mart, Secret Shopper and the Federal Trade Commission. There is a Secret Shopper organization, but it does not solicit for shoppers via email, by phone or in the classified section of a newspaper. According to the company all recruiting is done through its website. Secret Shopper and the Federal Trade Commission recommend that individuals who receive such solicitations contact local law enforcement, file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at and Eile a complaint with the FTC. Terhune wants to know if others in the area have received similar solicitations. He hopes his experience and research will prevent others from making a costly mistake. Soroptimists want to honor young volunteers Soroptimist International of Quincy, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking applicants from across Plumas County, as well as Loyalton in Sierra County, for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors high school girls, grades nine through 12, for volunteer action in areas such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Soroptimist International of Quincy will award $500 to the 2015 winner during its annual spring awards dinner. Applications for the award program are available at Plumas County high schools or by contacting Billie Bequette at 283-0957 or emailing her at Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Quincy by Jan. 6, 2015. Applications are available in a writable PDF file and may be emailed to Bequette. All offers requtrs 24-month commitment and credit qualification. ACT NOW AND ALSO GET: PREMIUM CHANNELS a months Offer ~ubie~t to chan(l~ based on ptemiom chanr~t availability, + ~ Askhow you can save $10/mo. 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