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McGee talks scams, youth at Civitan Club

January 17, 2014

BY DONNA SUMMERALL
life@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club welcomed guest speaker, Sgt. Zate McGee of the West Point Police Department. McGee is the officer who deals with juvenile offenders and the Drug Abuse Awareness Education (D.A.R.E.) program director.
McGee wished to provide the Civitans with pertinent information on scams that had been targeting the community recently.
“If you get a letter in the mail that you have won thousands of dollars in a sweepstakes you never entered or never even heard of, its a scam,” said McGee. “If a strange number that you don’t recognize calls you, just don’t answer it. If you get a letter containing a money order with instructions to cash it and send half back to the person who sent it and you keep half, its a scam. The money order is counterfeit.”
She continued to talk about a springtime scam that will begin as the weather turns warmer. People will drive to house in a large white van offering to do yard work, roofing, housecleaning or anything that will allow them inside a home to see what can be stolen. McGee said to not let anyone enter the home that is not known to the homeowner. If the people keep insisting on entering, McGee advised residents to call 911 and report the problem. She said that in a lot of instances, older people are the main targets because they are more trusting of strangers.
McGee also touched on the basics of the D.A.R.E. program, as well as her role within it.

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