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Ransom residents warned of scams

Police Chief tells attendees at Ransom Twp. Supervisors meeting to beware of prize letters in the mail.

April 09. 2013 1:01PM

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RANSOM TWP. - South Abington Twp. Police Chief Robert Gerrity warned attendees at the Ransom Twp. Supervisors meeting April 1 to beware of scams in the form of prize letters in the mail.

During the police report, Gerrity spoke of an unnamed elderly Ransom Twp. resident who received such mail stating she had won thousands of dollars. He said the matter was brought to the attention of the State Police when the victim realized the fraud after spending more than $70,000 of borrowed money, believing the prize was on its way.

He urged those in attendance to pass the word on to their families and friends and to immediately report to police any suspicious mail received.

“If it seems to good to be real,” he said, “it’s not.”

Gerrity also reminded all in attendance that the police department is available and reachable, should they have problems or concerns. He urged them to get in touch sooner, rather than later if and when problems arise.

Resident Helen Doty thanked the Chief for coming and complimented the department for the “great job” it does serving the township.

In other business, Supervisor David Bird announced he received a letter from John Hambrose of Waste Management and Alliance Landfill stating the company, as of May 1, will no longer provide the canisters at the Mount Dewey Community Hall free of charge, for budget purposes.

Supervisor Dennis Macheska read the letter aloud, “Waste Management and Alliance Landfill have been proud to provide the Ransom Township Community Hall in Mount Dewey with donation services in monthly retail value of $140. It has been our privilege to support your township for providing this service…The economic impact of our business has forced us to reduce our charitable givings and discontinue some of our services, donations we are providing…It would be our pleasure to give you the best available price for the service you are enjoying.”

The Supervisors said they aren’t going to “let it go” and will look into the matter further.

During public comment, resident Kathy Rowinski inquired as to the status of the investigation involving alleged theft of township funds by former Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Zielinski. Supervisor William “Bud” Brown answered, saying the township had not yet received any updates and that a sentencing date had not been set. He said once it is scheduled, however, and the township is informed, the supervisors will pass that information on to the residents.

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