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Scammers try to make tough times tougher

If your economic situation is not improving, two scammers are ready to help.

Both are trying to take advantage of the fact that many people are struggling in the current economy.

“Mrs. Fatima Khaled” must be rolling in dough. She claims to be an “online advert coordinator” who has information on where you can get some money.

“This is to inform you that Sulaiman Agency here in Jordan have began a loan program to any one who might be in need of a loan for any financial concern,” she wrote. “Should you be interested in applying for a business or personal loan, you are required to send an inquiry to us for further proceedings via (”

Unfortunately, Sulaiman Agency does not seem to exist, in Jordan or anywhere else.

Khaled could have identity theft in mind, or she wants to bilk you out of money. Any way you look at it, this is one of those offers to ignore.

An unsigned e-mail, also promises to help you get out of debt. 

The message begins, “I couldn’t wait to get a hold of you. I know you’ve been struggling financially, and I was so excited when

I found this site…”

The writer continued with a “heartfelt” wish.

“It doesn’t make sense to continue getting denied for credit, or getting notices that you are past due or your accounts are being suspended/shut off. This company can erase your debt, literally.

“I want nothing more then to see you get back on your feet and sooner rather than later! Why delay for even one more day?”

This company also appears to be nonexistent. It supposedly is located in Virginia, but is not listed in the Richmond directory.

When times are tough, scammers have an easier time finding people who are desperate for money. Falling for their stories, however, will not help you get out of debt; it will only cause you to lose money.

Offers like these two belong in the e-mail trash bin.

The Daily Journal has made a commitment to keep readers abreast of scams that hit our area. If someone tries to make you the victim of a scam, call us at 431-2010 and tell us what happened. We will include your story in our scam alert series to prepare others who may find themselves in the same situation. The Daily Journal will run Scam Alert stories in the paper every Monday.

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