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      Columbia Police warn residents about 2 scams

      Columbia Police are warning residents about scams.Police said in the past week, officers have taken three fraud reports. Two involved international money transfers through Western Union. One was a Craigslist scam involving a tutoring job.Police offer these safety tips:

      1.) Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.2.) If you call the number back that called you to verify the information and a recording picks up not stating the name of the company this is a scam.3.) Make a phone call to verify a relative is sick, stranded, in jail etc. A thirty second phone call can save you money.4.) Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. ??What guarantee do I have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon???5.) Be skeptical ?? Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won??t pressure you to make a snap decision.6.) Take Safety Precautions - Don??t pay by check, cash or money order.7.) If something doesn??t seem right, it??s not right.If you have information about a scam, call your local law enforcement agency.