This morning's Ithaca Journal has an article on Freeville resident Don Decker's escape from a swindle, and tells the story of a variety of ripoffs. The cashier's check scam, in which someone sends a much-larger than necessary check as payment on something purchased online and asks for a refund of the extra, seems to be growing fast. If these were local transactions, nabbing the perpetrator would be a lot easier, but the anonymity and distance of the Internet make it hard. As the article says at the end, the best way to deal with this is to be cautious:
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," he said. "Really and truly that's the way (to tell a scam)."
In Caroline Town Talk, Patrica Brhel notes the 50th anniversary celebration for Caroline Elementary School this Friday, October 2nd, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Most elementary school students who live in the Ithaca City School District's corner of the Town of Dryden go to Caroline.
It's also not clear how the county economy is doing amidst a pretty dark national picture.Posted by simon at September 30, 2009 7:14 AM in Ithaca Journal , crime , economy , energy , politics (local) , schools (Ithaca)