Argyle police warn citizens of part-time work scam
“I know it seems we over preach this subject, but our citizens continue to fall victim to losing thousands of dollars to scammers,” said Argyle Police Capt. Temple Cottle.
One scam is offering a particular type of part-time work and the thief sends a cashier’s check to compensate for the time the person spends carrying out the business arrangement. The scam occurs when the scammer “overpays” the person for the work and requests that the extra money be sent to a third person. After forwarding the overpayment to the third person, the bank notifies the part-time employee that the “cashier’s check” from the scammer is a fake and the employee’s bank account is charged with the loss.
“Thieves are good at what they do and are able to convince even the most suspicious person of their integrity,” says Cottle.
He also cautions that Internet scams are at an all-time high and suggests being extremely suspicious of any transaction, warning that free money never comes in the mail.
“Craigslist is a popular hunting ground for thieves,” Cottle said, “Don’t be a victim. Ask someone you trust, or call the police department for their opinion before you take a loss.”
AHS girls basketball gives back to community
The Argyle ISD Girls’ Basketball Program is a community service organization for girls in grades seven through 12 who are Lady Eagles basketball players. The girls, their coaches, parents and other family members participate in the organization.
The girls’ first year of achievements include a donation of 202 children’s books to Argyle Little Free Libraries, a Ranch Hand Rescue workday, a Children’s Advocacy Center workday, a donation of more than $500 in gift cards to the Children’s Advocacy Center for Thanksgiving meals to families in need, donations of $670 in gift cards and 61 stuffed animals from a special basketball game night for the Children’s Advocacy Center and donations of 74 presents and $235 in gift cards to the Bartonville Police Department’s Santa In Blue Toy Drive.
*The Argyle Senior Center will have a New Year’s brunch at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Argyle seniors are invited to the home of Dr. Larry and Lynn Sheffield Simmons for brunch. The main dish will be provided and those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. For more information call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438.
*The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday (except this Wednesday) and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. Exercise begins at 10 a.m., followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.argyleseniorcenter.com or call Stella McDaniel at (940)464-7438
*The Argyle Lions Club will meet at noon Jan. 7 at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.
LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She can be reached at email@example.com. Her website is www.argylebooks.com.