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Scam artists ﬁnd trusting
seniors to be easier prey
D. L . STEWART course. None to set aside Group. Before it was put
T H AT ’S LIFE for her children and grand- out of business in Las Vegas
children. Because these peo-
ple, these cockroaches, were
scammers. Part of what is
estimated to be a $40 billion
a year mail fraud industry.
by the FTC, authorities say,
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Group reaped $27 million in
two years. Twenty dollars at
es,” my Half of the victims, In a particularly brazen
normal- AARP warns, are over the twist, after they have vic-
ly soft-spoken friend fumed. age of 50. Not necessari- timized their targets, some
“These people are lower ly unique is the report of a of these sleazy scammers
than cockroaches.” retiree in New Mexico who might call them again.
He was furious, because says he has received over This time they will pre-
he had just gotten off the 1,000 letters in the past tend to represent an inves-
phone with his elderly, wid- year informing him he had tigative agency that will
owed mother who had won money in sweepstakes help them recover their
called him with wonderful he never entered. money. But ﬁrst they’ll
GEORGE & ROSEMARY BRUN RANEY-WOODY HERNDON/GADDIS
news: Seniors are ripe pick- need some money to cov- 65TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WEDDING ENGAGEMENT
She had just won George and Rosemary (Wilden- John and Ann (Peters) Raney, of Quintin and Helen Gaddis
ings, experts say, because er the cost of the investi- haus) Brun will celebrate their of Huber Heights, Ohio an-
$2.5 million in a sweep- Centerville, OH, are delighted
they tend to be more trust- gation. 65th wedding anniversary June to announce the marriage of nounce the engagement of their
stakes. And all she had to ing. More open. Less likely Fortunately, my friend 1, 2011. A Mass of celebration their daughter, Rebecca Raney, daughter Toya Sheree Gaddis
do to claim her prize was to be aware of the dangers ﬁnally was able to convince was held May 28th at St. Mary to Charles Woody, son of to Adam Scott Herndon son
send $20 to a post ofﬁce Church, where they were wed, Tom and Henrietta (Blanken- of Brenda Frazer and father
of sharing information with his disappointed mom that followed by a dinner for family Timothy Baker. The couple
box in Lynnbrook, N.Y. ship) Terbay, of Dayton, OH.
strangers who call them on the whole thing was a scam and friends hosted by their chil-
Rebecca and Charles were will marry in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
“She was so excited,” he the phone and “sound so and not to send any money. dren. They have 2 daughters; Su-
married March 19th, 2011 at on Saturday June 25, 2011.
said. “She wanted me to sincere.” Less likely to be Maybe, he suggested, she san Werner and Barbara Bruns; Wright Patterson Air Force Base
come down to Florida when 4 sons; George Jr., Jim, Greg, Chapel 1. Rebecca graduated
suspicious of “award notiﬁ- could just spend that $20 on John; 12 grandchildren, 15 (soon
she got the money to help from the University of Dayton
cations” that arrive in over- lottery tickets. to be 18) great grandchildren. in 2000 and is employed at
her plan how to handle it. sized envelopes with ofﬁcial Sure, the odds of winning Reynolds and Reynolds in Ket-
She knew she wanted to looking seals on them. Less the lottery are something GLENN & LINDA TIMMONS tering, OH. Charles is studying
pay off her condo and then able to read the ﬁne print or like one in ﬁve million. But CELEBRATE 50 YEARS Computer Science and Wright at
she was going to set aside State University, also
hear the warning bells. that’s better than the odds The children of Glenn and serves in the Ohio National
money to leave to her chil- There are hundreds of you get from the cockroach- Linda announce their 50th Guard, in the 1487th Transpor-
dren and grandchildren.” these companies. They have es. wedding anniversary, Sun- tation Company, Piqua, OH.
day May 29, 2011. They
But there would be no ofﬁcial-sounding names like Contact D.L. Stewart at dlstew_ celebrate with their three
money for the condo, of National Prize Information email@example.com. children, spouses and seven
Mom and Dad you are loved!
14 through July 10 at the Club are among the spots
Schuster Performing Arts oﬀering things like special ENGAGEMENT
Center. menu items and discounts to a Brittany Nicole Rushing and
Overheard The Downtown Dayton Part-
nership has launched a Down-
For more information, go
Samuel David Burchett are
pleased to announce their en-
gagement. Brittany is the daugh-
town Dayton Roaring Deals online to www.downtown- ter of Benjamin and Brenda
website. It lists discounts dayton.org. Rushing of Springﬁeld, OH.
BUSINESSES businesses will oﬀer “Lion
She is a graduate of Emmanuel
— Amelia Robinson, Staﬀ Christian Academy and Wright
OFFER “LION King” ticketholders during the Writer State University with a degree
KING” DEALS four-week run.
Seen & Overheard runs daily.
in English. Brittany is employed
at Hohman Plating in Dayton,
And a little lion might just lead More than 15 restaurants and Have an item for us? Call Ame- OH. Samuel is the son of David
lia Robinson at (937) 225-2384 Your announcement must be
them to ﬁnancial gain and you bars and 10 retail, service and received by 5pm, 11 days prior to and Sandra Burchett of Xenia,
or drop an e-mail to arobinson OH. He is a graduate of Xenia
to deals. hospitality businesses are par- @DaytonDailyNews.com. Want the requested publication date.
ticipating in the promotion. High School and attended
to see and hear more? Read To request a New Form Packet* Sinclair Community College.
Oregon Historic District and the Seen & Overheard blog
Citilites, Coco’s Bistro, Inn by mail or fax, Samuel is employed at Staples
downtown Dayton businesses at DaytonDailyNews.com/go/
Port Bed & Breakfast Suites, Call: 937-222-4337 in London, OH. The couple
hope to capitalize on the seenandoverheard. will be married June 18, 2011,
Dayton Art Institute, Bonito, or email
74,000 people expected to Twitter with Amelia at celebrations@coxohio 12:30PM at Orrmont Estate in
see “The Lion King” on June De’Lish Cafe, Dayton Racquet twitter.com/ddnsmartmouth. Piqua, OH.