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          VOLUME 27, NO. 39                                  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022                                                  25 CENTS

                                                                      62 Guns Taken Off The Streets
              Government Impostor
                 Scams on The Rise


                 Say what you will about Washington politics, but older
            Americans generally still trust many of the federal govern-
            ment’s agencies and operations. Unfortunately, crooks know
            this. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has been inundated
            with calls about scams involving someone impersonating an
            IRS agent, Medicare official, Social Security Administration
            officer, FBI agent or other government worker.
                 The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5
            million reports of these scams from 2017 through the middle
            of 2022, with losses of more than $2 billion. As a result, the
            FTC has just proposed a rule that would help hold the imper-
            sonators accountable, and help the commission recover some
            of the money stolen from scam victims. Among other things,
            the rule would ban the fraudulent use of government logos and
            fake .gov email addresses. (The FTC is now seeking public
            comments at regulations.gov.)
                 Here are some of the more common impostor frauds.
                 1. FTC fakes - The Helpline recently heard from a victim
            who lost $150,000 to this scam, where a caller pretends to be
            an FTC commissioner and asks for or demands money, in the
            form of gift cards, cryptocurrency, or you name it. The FTC
            warns that this scam is on the rise, and notes, “Whether the
            caller promises you a prize or threatens you with arrest — and
            even if they give a (fake) badge number — that’s a scammer.”
            It adds that the FTC will never call, email, text or message
            you on social media to ask for money, nor will it threaten you
            with arrest. The agency asks people who receive these calls   Buyback Event Co-Hosted By Queens DA Melinda Katz & NYPD. See story on page 2.
            to report them to ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
                 2. Medicare malice - A 90-year-old Maine resident received
            a call from someone claiming to be a Medicare official. The   JCCRP Rosh Hashana Food Distribution
            impostor said that Medicare was sending out new plastic cards

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          The Puppet Little Amal’s

              Final Visit to Queens



























        The puppet Little Amal is pictured in a group photo
        with the staff of the Queens Museum in Flushing            The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) joined by
        Meadow-Corona  Park  in  Corona  Heights.  Photo  by       Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo as
        Photo by Walter Karling. See story on page 2.              they distributed food to over 600 families for Rosh Hashana. See story on page 2.

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