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Business managers warned to watch out for scam

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A phone-based scam has recently begun to target Madera-area businesses, Madera County Sheriff’s spokesperson Erica Stuart said, as merchants have received calls from fraudsters posing as advertising representatives from a local publication.

A business owner from Bass Lake alerted Sheriff John Anderson to the scam Tuesday when someone called her about renewing her advertisement in the 2014 annual Yosemite Visitor’s Guide with a “special low rate” if she paid immediately.

The business owner, familiar with the publication and people involved in its production “smelled a rat from the start,” Stuart said.

Jarrod Lyman, public relations director for the Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau, which publishes the guide, said that around 159 businesses are included in the annual magazine...


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