September 17, 1997 in City

Gerber Says It Didn’t Distribute Fliers

Compiled From Wire Services

Police say someone is using the Gerber Baby Food name for a potentially sinister plot.

Det. Jim Neumayer said a flier posted on the bulletin board of a grocery store claims Gerber has settled a class action lawsuit and will give every child under 12 a $500 savings bond. The flier asks anyone with a child under the age of 12 to send a copy of that child’s birth certificate and Social Security card to a Minneapolis post office box.

A statement from Gerber to authorities in Missoula said the company is not behind the fliers and doesn’t know what’s being done with the information.

Neumayer said it’s a nationwide scam, possibly seeking the information to create false identities.

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