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North Adams Triad Honors Walmart

The North Adams Triad recently honored its local Walmart and two of its sharp-eyed associates for preventing a scam that would have cost two North Berkshire seniors several thousand dollars.

North Adams Commissioner of Public Safety John Morocco presented plaques of appreciation on behalf of the North Adams Triad to Walmart Associates Diane Lafreniere and Bethany Karmazyn.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright and District Attorney David Capeless also took part in the presentation during the North Adams Triad's monthly meeting January 27, 2010, where Walmart Manager James Rutherford and Assistant Manager Pam Copeland also took part.

Lafreniere and Karmazyn rescued the senior citizens by recognizing and intercepting their attempts to wire money to Canadian scammers. The scam typically involves a call from Canada seeking money to bail the victim’s relative out of jail or other financial trouble.

In addition, North Adams Triad Chairman Pearl Mullett thanked the local Walmart for its recent donation of $500 to the North Adams Triad program.


Social Security Urges Direct Deposit

Help protect yourself against identity theft and financial fraud by switching to direct deposit for your Social Security benefits. Direct deposit eliminates the risk of stolen checks and endorsement fraud. It’s also easier and more convenient than paper checks, because your benefit goes straight into your account – on time, every time.  It’s fast, easy and free to switch to direct deposit. Check it out on the web at www.godirect.org or call (800) 333-1795.