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The economy is down. Does that mean scams are up?

Posted at 1:46 PM on January 30, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Are you seeing more scams lately? I spotted this post on a local blog explaining that Minneapolis Park Police issued a warning about a fund-raising scam. It reminded me that our Public Insight Journalism team is wondering if you're experiencing more shady dealings:

We'd all like to put more cash in our wallets, but some folks -- such as these so-called "foreclosure rescue companies" in a recent New York Times story -- are doing it at the expense of others.

Have you run across shady money-making schemes over the past year or so? Has anyone actually tried to take advantage of you or someone you know?

Seeing more scams since the economy went south? Share what you know and help inform MPR News coverage.

* Public Insight Journalism
* Independent blog: east-lake.net

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