Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2011

Salina man falls for secret shopper scam

June 30, 2011


— A Salina man has fallen victim to a scam involving an Internet advertisement for a secret shopper.

Police Capt. Mike Sweeney says 39-year-old Jeffrey Cottrell deposited a check for $3,997 that appeared to be from Corvette Central in Sawyer, Mich., but mailed from Canada.

The Salina Journal reports Cottrell withdrew $2,500 on June 13 and $1,400 three days later and wired the money back to the sender, as instructed.

The check was returned to Cottrell's credit union unpaid after he had made the withdrawals, and now he has to pay the money he withdrew back to the bank.

Sweeney says a representative of Corvette Central, which sells parts and accessories for Corvettes, said numerous fraudulent checks for $3,997 have been received and rejected by the company's bank.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

a clip: A fool and his money are soon parted.

Origin: This is quite an early proverb in the English language and, as such, might be thought to contain the wisdom of the ancients. The notion was known by the late 16th century, when it was expressed in rhyme by Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573:

A foole & his money,
be soone at debate:
which after with sorow,
repents him to late.

The precise wording of the expression comes just a little later, in Dr. John Bridges' Defence of the Government of the Church of England, 1587:

If they pay a penie or two pence more for the reddinesse of them..let them looke to that, a foole and his money is soone parted.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

I was recently shopping at some of the finest boutiques in California, looking for a gift for a friend of mine. After perusing countless items at many places, I finally found the perfect gift for her. I was so excited that I immediately concluded the sale by pulling out my wallet and paying full sticker price.

As I walked away, I realized something. If I had negotiated the price, perhaps I could have obtained the item for less.

But it was to late, I had already spent two dollars at a garage sale.

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