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Written by Chris Lee   

Most people who are talented enough to work with computers and the internet go to college and then begin to work somewhere where their talents are needed and used.

Others who are smart enough to work with computers and the internet choose to use their talents to scam people out of their hard-earned money.

Scammers who don’t know computers just pick up the telephone and try to dupe people out of their money.

Holyoke Police Chief Phil Biersdorfer said he received a report of a possible phone scam a week ago. It was another “Grandma, I’m in trouble and need money” type of scam.

Biersdorfer also came across a couple of news stories outlining two different scams.

The first relates to letters being sent to business owners asking them to pay $225 to become compliant with a corporations code that needs to be filed with the Secretary of State.

The letter looks very official but it is not, according to Biersdorfer.

The second scam occurs when scammers call and claim to be representing the Professional Fire Fighters Foundation and ask for donations for the two fire fighters who were injured on April 3 in Arvada.

The firefighters were fighting a fire that destroyed two homes, and received some burns. The callers are giving out an address that is a mail receiving store and not the real Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation.

Biersdorfer said the story was found on Channel 7 News.

“The scammers just never let up,” Biersdorfer said. “They take every opportunity to ply their trade, it seems.”

Biersdorfer urges anyone who receives letters or phone calls asking for money or donations to verify the source before sending anything.

“If you didn’t initiate the phone call, hang up,” Biersdorfer said.

With regard to the phone calls claiming to be grandchildren in trouble, Biersdorfer said it is imperative to hang up and confirm with other family members the whereabouts of the grandchild.

E-mail is another vehicle scammers are using to work their scams. Scammers are becoming more and more creative with designs to make e-mails look legitimate. Again, Biersdorfer said it is important to verify the source.

Anyone with suspicions of a scam may contact Biersdorfer at 854-2244.