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Lassen County Times : Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 9A [] Sam Williams hard to make ends meet. Dad information, thinking he was News Editor works two jobs and mum dealing with a legitimate cleans houses and babysits to lender. Lassen County's been earn a few extra dollars."It was like a dream come plagued with severalThe family desperately true,': morn said. Nigerian lottery seams in needs a bigger house and Because of the family's which the victim is identified decided to try to obtain a loan credit status, the company as the winner of a lotteryand to get the money for first and offered a couple of payment only has to pay the taxes or a last month's rent and a secu- plans that required an processing fee in order to rity deposit and maybe even advance payment. The family claim a large prize: pay off a few bills, selected a plan that required A Susanville family recent- The family went on the them to pay five installments ly became the victim of Internet and applied for loans in advance -- $616.20. another, perhaps crueler type with recognized lenders such Morn said that didn't seem of advanced fee seam -- one as Bank of America, Capital unusual to them because in which a potential borrower One and Discover, seeking to down payments are required has to make a payment in borrow between $1,500 andfor car and home loans. They order to qualify for a loan. $5,000. All those lendersdidn't question how this New If you have forgotten password, please call our Fi In an effort to con people out of money, thieves use the Internet, phone and mail to offer ways to help victims get extra cash, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.File photo. In this case, the family turned themdown. made the payment and thenOut of the blue, they got a the alleged lender made off call from a company calling with their money, itself Premiere Mutual They never got the loan Funding in New York. Dad money, and to add insult to applied, and the company injury, a call to the lender's approved the family for a phone number is now met $5,000 loan. with a simple message from As part of the loan applica- an answering machine -- tion process, dad provided all "Thank you. Good bye." the family's personal infor- The family a dad, a mom mation including social secu- and three children works rity numbers and banking York lender learned of their need and had no idea they were about to become victims of an all-too-common fraud. They borrowed the money from a friend and, as directed, sent a money gram to a store in Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Morn said she didn't think about the fact the money was- n't going to a bank or that the payment was being delivered to a store in Canada rather than to the alleged lender in New York. She said she was thinking about the positive turn in the family's fortunes and 'was excited about the prospect of moving into a much=needed larger home. A woman called the family and said the company had received the advance pay- ment, and the $5,000 would be deposited in the family's bank account within an hour or by the next morning at the latest. Morn said she kept check- ing her account balance online all that evening and the next day The money never arrived, and when she called the lender back, all she got was the recorded message. That's when she knew they'd been bilked. lot of people might be in the same predicament we're in," morn said. "I didn't think somebody would do some- thing like this to us, and I don't want it to happen to anybody else." Morn contacted the money gram company, and they told her never to send money to Canada because many people fall victim to seams originat- ing in that country Morn tried contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but none of those agents called her back. The Susanville Police Department took a report, and the officer told her other people in town had fallen vic- tim to similar seams that week. Unfortunately' criminals in Canada are beyond the reach of local law enforcement agencies, A wiser mom now advises Lassen County residents to deal with actual banks and companies they are familiar with when seeking a loan. She hopes other residents will avoid the predicament her family faces they still need a bigger house and now they have to repay a new $600 loan from a friend -- making their finances even tighter. "It's a crazy life," she said "We have all these bills, and the kids are outgrowing their dresses, winter's coming " Advanced fee loans According to PhoneBusters, the central agency in Canada that col- lects information on telemar- keting, advanced fee fraud let- ters, Nigerian letters and identity theft complaints, bor- rowers need to be wary of unknown lenders. "Ads that promise loans generally appear in classified sections of local and national newspapers, magazines and tabloids," according to the PhoneBusters' Web site. "Remember: simply advertis- ing through recognized media outlets does not ensure the legitimacy of the compa- ny behind the ad. Some com- panies claim they can guar- antee you a loan even ff you have bad credit or no credit." The Web site advises con- sumers to use caution when a company requests an advance payment. "They usually request an up front fee, which may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars," PhoneBusters wrote. "Once you send your money to these companies, you never get your promised loan, and you cannot get your money back." The Web site advises con- sumers to work with the lender and find a way to avoid the advance fee. "If you cannot get a loan through traditional lending institutions, it is unlikely that you'll get one in response to a classified ad," the Web site reported. "Ask the loan company to take the amount of their fee off of the total amount of the promised loan. In most jurisdictions, it is illegal for a company to request an up front fee prior to obtaining a loan." Established in January of 1993, PhoneBusters is a national anti-fraud call cen- ter jointly operated by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. PhoneBusters plays a key role in educating the pub- lic about specific fraudulent telemarketing pitches. The call center also plays a vital role in the collection and dis- Semination of victim evi- dence, statistics, documenta- tion and tape recordings that are made available to outside law enforcement agencies. The information is dissemi- nated to the appropriate law -enforcement agencies. The data collected at PhoneBusters is a valuable tool in evaluating the effects of various types of fraud on the public. It also helps to pre- vent future similar crimes from taking place. located at Honey Lake Campground Our goal is good food and ! friendly service. Monday-Saturday 1-8 Sunday 1-7 COMPETITORS couPONST BIG SCREEN' TV PIZZA IzrAC O! Y' nQ0gr Pasta * Calzones * Sandwiches ROOM Soup Salad Bar 2936 Main St. Susanville 257-0222 464-420 Church St. JanesvUle 253-3700 Open 7 days llam-lOpm All major ored/t cards . : It:s that time again for your annual Fall Heating System Servlcel Call 257-7953 for an a pointmentl ii CHU.RCH D IRE,CTORY t " I St. Paul's. Lutheran Church First & Ash Streets, Susanville. 257-2223, SundaySchool 9:45 a.m. Adult Bible Study 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Calvary Baptist Church 995 Paiute Lane. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. (Nursery through Adults}; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. Jr. Church during the morning service through 4th grade. Youth service 6 p.m. Wednesday AWANA (3 yrs. thru 6th grade) 6:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Rev. Linda T. Moore. 1155 North Street, 257-6002. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m Sunday School and child care. Church of the Nazarene 1825 Spring Ridge Rd Susanville, 257- 5195. Pastor Joe St~Jrgeon. Sunday wor- ship, 8:00 a.m Sunday School 9:30 a.m Late worship, 10:30 a.m. , nesville Southern Baptist e Log Cabin at Church & Main St. Bob Ousby, Pastor. Hour of Power, (Wednesdays) 7 p.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:45 a.m Worship Service 11:00 a.m.-noon Community Church Pastor Rick Conrad, kassen High School. Student Center. Worship Services 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. High School youth group Wednesdays 6:30 p.m Junior High youth group Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Friday 6:30 p.m. Counseling Center 251-5555. Church office/Youth Room 110 N. Gay St phone: 257-2924. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Se Habla Espa~ol Pastor: Fr. Mathew Marankulam, 120 N: Union, Susanville, CA Sat. Vigil 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. Youth Grou p Tues. 7:00 p.m.; Bible Study Thurs. 7p.m. Herlong Christian Church Pastor Ron Rosengren, Herlong Chapel Bldg. #170, Halt St. Sunday/Sabbath Worship Services 11:00 a.m. (when possi- ble). For more information call 253-1079 after 7 p m. Gospel Tabernacle Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville. Rev. P. Bruce Ingle, Pastor. Morning Worship, 10:00 a.m. Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Evening Service, 5 p.m. Susanville Christian Fellowship 705 Hall St Susanville, 257-3452. A non- denominational Christ-centered church. Meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for family worship and Sunday School. Thursdays youth group 6:30 p m. United Methodist Church ,70 South Lassen St.; 257-5893, Doug McCoy Pastor. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Worship and Communion. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for.all ages 10:45 a.m. Worship. Youth Fellowship 6-8:00 p.m. Susanville Assembly of God 473-465 Richmond Rd 257-5000. Senior Pastor Troy Stein. Sunday: AM Discipleship Groups (all ages), 9:00 a.m.; Morning Worship Service & Kidz Alive, 10:00 a.m.; PM Worship and Discipleship Groups, 6:00 p.m.; Susanville Hispanic Assembly of God Church, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: Kidz All Stars Youth Service and Adult Worship Service 7:00 p.m. Grace Fellowship Foursquare 1401 Riverside Dr 257-2210, Allen Barger, Pastor. Sunday Mbrning Worship at 10:00 a.m. Kid's Club, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. adult Bible study, youth meet- ing and children's classes for all ages. For more information: www.gracefellow- Doyle Christian Church Main St Doyle. Sunday: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. Primary 10:20 p.m. Priesthood and Relief Society 11:10 a.m. Susanvilte Second Ward: Bishop Doug Ames Sacrament Meeting 11:00 a.m Sunday School and Primary, 12:20 a.m. Priesthood and Relief Society 1:10 p.m. Herlong Assembly of God Pastor Allen Yanderville. Herlong Access Rd Herlong. 827-2465. Sunday: Christian Education, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednesda Service 7 p.m.- First Southern Baptist Cornell & Alexander, Susanville. 257-4767, email: fsbcsusanville@frontier; John Murdock. Pastor. Sunday: Bible Study 9:45 a.m. Worshi p 11:00 a.m Chil dren's Church 11:30 a.m. Evening Worsh p 6:00 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Mountain Valley Ward. 718-045 Hwy 395 Janesville. 253-3222. Pastor Buck Dikes. Sunday: Worship Service and Children's Church, 10:30 a.m.; Home Fellowship Groups 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: Missionettes, Royal Rangers, Youth Service and Adult Bible S~udy 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Snows Church 425 Cedar Street, Westwood, 256-3344 Fax 256-2572. Saturday Masses 5:00 p.m Sunday Masses 8:00 p.m. Weekday Masses Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 a.m. E Standish. Bishop Steve Shelley. Sacrament Meeting, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School and Primary, 11:20 a.m. Priesthood and Relief Society, 12:10 p.m. Church of Christ 205 N. Fairfield, Bret Bengard, Minister Sunday Morning Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship, 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship, 6:00 p.m. JanesviUe Christian Fellowship Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor Jerry Waggoner, 310-2042, 3035 464-615 Main St. Janesville. Greg Wilfett, Johnstonville Road East, 257-2283. Pastor, Christian Education 9:15 a.m Saturday 9:30 a.m Bible Study; 11 a.m. a.m with child care and childrens church. Call for info 253-1228. Emmanuel Church of God in Christ Pastor D. R. Jones, St. Access Road Hedong, 530 827-2398. Wednesday Bible Band 7:30 p.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worsh ip 11:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Jsehovah's Witnesses - usanville East Congregation 2404 Bunyan Rd. Sunday:-10:O0 am Public Jehovah's Witnesses Susanville Meeting. 10:50 am Watchtower Study. Monday: 7:30 pm Book Study. Spanish Congregation - Jehovah's Witnesses - 2404 Bunyan Rd. Sunday: Estudio de Libro de Congregacidn, Jueves 6:00 pm. Escuela Susanville West Congregation del Ministerio TeocrMico, Mattes 7:30 pro. 2404 Bunyan Rd. Sunday: ~:00 pm Public Reunion de Servicio, Martes 8:20 pro. Meeting. 4:50 pm Watchtower Study. Reunidn P0blico, Domingo 10:00 am. Tuesday: 7:00 pm Book Study. Estudio de la Atalaya, Domingo 10:50 am. Highland Baptist Church Indian Heights Full Gospel 801 Cottage St Pastor, Jeff Root, 257- Church 5225. Sunday: Sunday School 9:45a.m Preaching Service 11 a.m Evening Service Meets 750 Parkdale, Susanville. Dean 6 p.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Child Burnett, Pastor. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. care provided for all services. Sunday morning worship t1:00 a.m. Pentecostal Churchof' God ' Truth Tabernacle of UPCI Pastor Larry Kasinger, 257-5235, 515-2069. Doyle, CA, Pastor Jesse Sustaire, Phone: 105 Laverne St. Sunday service 2:00 p.m. 827-3163, Sunday School, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School-Childrens Church 11:00 Worship, 11:00 a.m. PLA's Thursday, 6:30 a.m. Thursday service 7 p.m. p.m. Word of Life Church International Building 170 D.S. Hall St Herlong, 827- Wednesday: Bible Study & Prciyer, 7 p.m. .Worship Service 10:30 a.m. 253-3181. Holy Spirit Episcopal Church Salvation Army Hamilton Branch, Hwy. A13 at Big Springs 55 S. Weatherlow, Susanville. Rd. and Mary Ann Lane. Rev. Linda Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Services, 11 a.m Moore, Vicar. Sunday Worship 11:00 on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays; on 5th Sundays service is at 5 p.m. 596-3622. Mountainside Church Mountain Meadow Ranch, Janesville, Pastor Jon Archer. Associate Pastor Jon Westfall. Church Service Sunday 9 a.m. SuBday School, 9:30 a.m. Thursday Youth Group7 p.m. at Mountain Meadow Ranch. Questions, call 257-3519. The Church of jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Susanville First Ward, 905 Richmond Road. Bishop Norman Golluick. Sacrament Meeting, 9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Sunday Praise & Worship, 6 p.m. Eagle Lake Conmmnity Church A Non-Denominational church, 687-905 Lakeview Dr Spaulding. Pastor Ron Herman. Adult Bible Study Sunday 10:00 a.m. Worship Service Sunday 11:00 a.m. Calvary Chapel of Susanville Sergio Babich, Pastor 257-4833 450 Richmond Road, Susanville Sunday Service and Children's Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God 464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Worship H our. Lassen Missionary Baptist Pastor Keith G. Hooper, 251--6054, 150 S. 2673. Ken and Pam Auld, Pastors, prayer- Sunday services 11 a.m. Childrens church 11:30 a.m. Lassen. Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.; Sunday Bible Baptish Church service, 10:45 a.m.; Sunday evening BTC, S 742-580 Mountainview Or Hedong. p.m.; Wednesday evening service, 6:00 Sunday School, 10 a.m Sunday worship s~rvice, 11a.m. Pastor Micheal Reed, p.m. 827-2464. Light House Ministries Susanville Orthodox Mission 345 ASh St Susanville, 251-4521 church. We are a pan-orthodox group who are Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study, 7 p.m. beginning an orthodox church in Lassen County. We have support in'this endeavor Standish Bible Church from the nearby Monastery of SL John of Pastor Tony Loubet, Plumas St one block San Francisco, located in Manton, CA. The SE of A-3 and US 395. Sunday School, first Divine Liturgy for our mission is 9:00 a.m. Call for info on Bible studies scheduled for September 2007. For infor- and other church ministries, 254-6688. mation, contact (530) 257-0532 or e-mail M ountain View Christian 464-300 Main St Janesville, Kit Tanner, Pastor. Sunday Morning Service 10:00 St. Paul's Lutheran RI-I NE Standish Bible Church Church 284-6688 Sunday $ch l,tat.ibie Study 9: am9:45 am amm [ AW/ IA Club WASTE MANAGEMENT '.6gin ,High, Wednesday 6:30 pm [ ~ Worship Service 11:00 am Solid Waste Disposal Services " Fre K-6th Thursday 6:50 pm First &Ash Streets 257-2223 for Lassen County " 2217 MAIN ST 718-960 Flumas St. 125 S. LASSEN STREET SUSANVILLE Off A-3 Near 595 Junction