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Copyright 2008 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma

Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
August 7, 2008
Better Business Bureau
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Collinsville Native
Rick Brinkley
Addressed Chamber of Commerce
2008 Chamber Officers
Pres: Susan Babbitt
VP: Don Hutchison
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Cory Slagle
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Rick Brinkley (now of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau) pointed out to the Chamber of Commerce that for many years he told his Collinsville Community Church congregation to be trusting, but now spends most of his time telling people to not be so trusting. Brinkley gave many examples of people in this area freely giving scam artists their personal and financial information with the end result of also loosing a lot of their money.

Brinkley said the types of scams are numerous and ever changing but the most successful still seems to be unsolicited "winners" of foreign lotteries or any excuse to send a large check where a "small" portion is to be returned (to the scammer) before the check is determined to be worthless. Another large problem is business identity theft with logo's lifted from web sites being used to print fake checks on home computers.

"Spoof" cards have made called-ID unreliable as scammers can make it appear they are calling from a well known ligit business and the devices can also alter the voice of the caller. Rick recommended checking your credit rating periodically and even the credit rating for young children as they are also frequent targets of fraud from those with access to social security numbers.

Next Chamber
meet is Sept. 4th

Rick Brinkley

Tulsa Better Businss Bureau

Roy Weather's All-Weathers Electric sponsored the August luncheon.