December 23, 2013 - 8:26 AM
THOMPSON OKANAGAN - Maybe it's the expensive season, or it could be from indoor boredom. We like to think it's based on desperation and need. Whatever the cause, the holidays seem to be a target for scammers and thieves.
We don't mean to be the holiday fun police, but there are things you should know. So we've put a spin on an old Christmas classic, in a reminder that the holiday season isn't all candy canes and Christmas sweaters.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE TALE?
Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the world
Not an expense would be spared, not a bank account full.
The season drew more than decorations with flare,
It brought about thieves and scammers, readers — beware.
The bank warned shoppers out spending their money,
While police asked to report any bills that look funny.
And Bank in these bills, why naked ladies did you make?
Had just settled in our brains how to spot real from fake.
When at a nearby home there arose a phone matter,
'Deportation' the caller threatened with a clatter.
Away from Canada the fake revenue member said,
They claimed they owed money, oh what a dread.
The next on the phone was a fake grandson in need,
Gave an accident sob-tale, a severe one indeed.
When, what to your wondering question was asked,
Money was needed — a lot and fast.
With shopping and presents, so lively and quick,
Gave thieves motivation and pockets to pick.
More people at malls and things in their vans,
So they warned, and they stickered, and left it in our hands.
"Now Shoppers! now, Victims! now, those caught in the mix!
Report it! Prevent it! Help the holidays, a fix!
To the phone! Or by email!
Now help in your way! Enjoy your holiday with others you've saved!"
As warnings before you are all common sense,
We hope to remind you to think with your head.
So holidays be merry and sorrows be few,
The end, be safe and happy holidays to you.
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