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A special thank-you goes out to Art and Jason from Gallegos Masonry and Construction for coming through on their promise ” who knew how helpful toothpaste could be, in addition to that regular minty-fresh feeling.

The Basalt Police department wishes to alert citizens of the Roaring Fork Valley to a company using telephone solicitations to fraudulently obtain money from local residents. The department has received at least one complaint of a company known by the names Southstar Benefits or United Benefits.

Apparently this company is attempting to solicit people with credit problems via the telephone with the lure of being able to obtain better credit, fix their credit or obtain a major credit card. The catch is a request for an up-front deposit of a $299 fee; those who’ve fallen for the scam have not received the promised benefits.

As always, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and the BPD advises citizens to be wary of this and any other telephone offers (the same goes for the dozen or so offers of money from Nigeria we seem to be receiving via e-mail every day). They also recommend checking out the details of a business with the Better Business Bureau before forking over any cash: is a good place to check.

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