Craig briefs: Police say scams becoming more common

The Craig Police Department continues to warn citizens about scams that are "appearing more and more in the community and across the nation," police reported in a news release.

In some instances, residents have answered ads in newspapers, communicated via the Internet or received unsolicited mail arriving at their homes, police said in the release. These commonly are disguised as work-at-home ads, lottery awards and secret or mystery shopper job offers.

Other scams request help in leaving a foreign country, most often Nigeria. Through e-mails, they give the impression that they know the victim. Most scams will send a check and tell the receiver that it is to be used to pay certain expenses.

Some checks appear authentic, maybe as a "cashier's check" from a known bank. However, the checks often are from an unusual source, such as an ambiguous business account.

The receiver is told to deposit the check into his or her personal account, and then instructions will tell him or how to distribute the funds. The check then is found to be counterfeit.

Some scams even have appeared to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, implying that they are assisting in getting the recipient certain funds due them and protecting them from fraud.

The FBI is not involved in such functions.

One recent victim was asked through an e-mail to send $300 to assist a female he believed to be a college friend from the past. She needed this money to get out of Nigeria, the scam claimed.

When the victim could not assist, he received a check for more than $2,800 and was given instructions to deposit the check and send funds via Western Union.

The victim followed the instructions and money was wired, before the discovery that the check was a counterfeit.

There are red flags that can tip residents off to a fraudulent scheme.

They include:

• Mailings that are from companies in Canada or envelopes with Canadian postmarks or return addresses.

• Unsolicited mail with large checks naming the receiver as a secret or mystery shopper, or claim the receiver to be the recipient of winnings from a lottery or other promotion, as mentioned in this alert.

Should you receive such solicitation with an enclosed check, have your local bank confirm the authenticity of the check before you act further, and notify your local law enforcement agency should you have questions, police said.

Daily Press editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which began Wednesday.

Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the paper's opinion pieces for the next week's Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial board terms last three months.

To apply, call Editor Joshua Roberts at 875-1791 or e-mail him at editor@craigdailypress.com.

Daily Press is seeking teacher nominations

The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year award. Residents are invited to nominate their favorite Moffat County teacher by writing a nomination of no more than 100 words about why he or she deserves the award.

You must include your name for the nomination to be counted.

Nominations may be dropped off at the Daily Press office, 466 Yampa Ave., e-mailed to editor@craigdailypress.com or mailed to Craig Daily Press, Attn: Joshua Roberts, P.O. Box 5, Craig CO 81626.

The winner will be decided by the Daily Press editorial board, which includes employees and community members, based on the entries. Past Teachers of the Year are Amy Pottinger, Rosemary Crosthwaite and Sylvia Duncan.

Meeting for summer's farmers market is today

Farmers markets across the country are filling the need for fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables and homemade baked goods.

Join other gardeners, bakers, growers and organizers for a special meeting in early April to outline the 2009 farmers market.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. The Craig Farmers Market will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning in May or June.

The Downtown Business Association is looking for people interested in helping make this year's market the "best ever," the DBA reported in a news release.

According to Burpee Seed Company owner George Ball, "Whenever the economy is down, we see a spike in seed sales. For every dollar you invest in a garden, you get an average of $25 worth of store-bought produce, so it's an excellent return. Plus, you can't buy that kind of flavor at the grocery."

For more information, call Carol Jacobson at 824-5343 or 824-3108.

Publishing workshop to be at Downtown Books

Have you always wanted to write and publish your own book - a novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or photo book?

Join Carole London, from Lifetime Chronicle Press of Montrose, for a special publishing workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. April 11 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

London has worked in the publishing industry for more than seven years and will share everything she knows about the publishing process and options available to writers who wish to publish their own books.

Local books published by Lifetime Chronicle Press include "Tales of the Old West" by C.H. Stoddard and "Last Ranch in Hell's Canyon" by Queeda Mantle.

Call 824-5343 to make a reservation. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration for SHARE Craig continues today

There has been a change of day for SHARE Craig registration day. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. today at in the community room at Sunset Meadows II, and 11 a.m. in the conference room at Sunset Meadows I.

For more information, call Karen Gibson at 824-7939.

Author to sign books at museum Monday

The Museum of Northwest Colorado invites the public to a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the museum.

"D.C. Oakes, Family, Friends & Foe" by LaVonne J. Perkins is a "comprehensive, well researched book about the life of D.C. Oakes," according to a museum news release. For more information, call 824-6360.

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