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Attorney General warns of donation scam targeting Idaho non-profits

Idaho non-profits are being targeted in an overpayment scam, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warns. Typically, the scammer makes a very large donation to the non-profit online, like $5,000, then contacts the organization to say the large donation was a mistake - intended, for example, to have been $500 - and asks for a refund of the difference. Non-profits taken in by the scam end up without either the “refund” or the original donation. “My office has warned individual Idahoans for a number of years to be wary of offers to overpay for advertised goods or services,” Wasden said. “More recently, we have received reports of a variation on that theme targeting non-profits that receive donations online.” Wasden today issued a “consumer alert” warning Idaho non-profits about the scam; click below for his full announcement.

Idahoans targeted in ‘phishing’ scam that poses as calls from bank

Idahoans increasingly are being targeted in a “phishing” scam in which people receive calls that claim to come from their bank, suggest that their account has been compromised, and ask the victim to provide information to reactivate the card. The Idaho Attorney General's office today issued a “Consumer Alert” about the scam, which often uses the name of Wells Fargo bank; click below to read the full alert. Also today, the Idaho Bankers Association issued a warning about the scam.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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