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              UPS Store owner, officer, foil $8,000 attempted scam

  Diligence by a Millington Police Department officer and the owner of the Frankenmuth UPS Store saved an elderly couple from Millington a large amount of cash.

  The incident took place last week when the daughter of the couple learned her parents had sent $8,000 in cash by mail on August 6. A scam artist had told the couple he had to have the cash in order to get them a new car.

 The daughter contacted Millington Police Officer Michael Mitin on the same day the cash was mailed from the UPS Store here. Mitin and the victim traveled to Frankenmuth, contacted the UPS Store owner Doug Lupcke and they worked in unison to have the box stopped. Turns out it was sent overnight mail and its was already in the state of Florida.

  The package was halted and was returned to the couple the following day.

  Most scammers prey on the elderly and many pose as IRS agents. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

  Persons who believe they have been victimized by a scammer should call the police. Locally, the Frankenmuth Police Department number is 652-8371. The Special Committee on Aging has a toll-free hotline to report suspicious activity. The number is 1-855-303-9470.

(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News