Sue Avery

Life lesson

Beware of check fraud — a problem not exclusive to big cities

Don't fall victim to check fraud, an industry that hijacks $190 billion each year, according to Here's a true story of what can happen.

While I was visiting my mother recently in Albuquerque, N.M., Mom's landline rang early one morning.

The voice on the line introduced himself as Michael from the Albuquerque Journal.

In response to my “Hello,” he proceeded to ask when the newspaper could expect a payment for my mother's overdue Journal subscription.

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