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Disheartened that business was scammed by civilian PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

It has come to my attention that there are certain people in this world who have sunk so low as to put on fake military uniforms in order to scam the public and local shops out of discounts on everything from gas to large-ticket sale items.

Most recently I?heard a story about a local movie theater that fell victim to one of these scam artists and let a service member see a movie for free only to be told later that the person they let in, in fact, was a civilian posing as an Air Force officer, but dressed in a Marine uniform.

I would like to see every business in this area offer military and veterans discounts. In fact, I would like to challenge local shops to find a way to pull this off, but in order for this to happen the shop owners need to be protected and to know how to protem themselves and their sales from these unsavory persons. I?like to think that we are a decent, caring community able to reach out to its veterans and soldiers, but in order to do this we also need to know when we are being scammed.

I’m challenging every shop owner in this community to be observant for these shady folks willing to attempt to scam the public. Remember, if you offer a discount on sale items to veterans, always ask the soldier for an ID even if they appear to be in uniform. Contact the local police department if you believe you have been scammed by one of these fake soldiers. If you are unsure what these IDs look like, I?believe you can find a picture of them online at ehow.com. This is a good website to visit, but most police departments do carry pictures of what they are supposed to look like.

I also believe the federal Better Business Bureau offers a newsletter with updates to different types of official IDs, including what commonly used fake IDs to watch out for. Thank you for time.

From the desk of a concerned veteran,

Spc. Darren Slizewski

Eagle River

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:56 PM
 

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