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April 25, 2014

Downtown group warns about Third Thursday mail scam

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials with the Downtown Joplin Alliance on Friday announced that a mail scam involving Third Thursday has been discovered.

A mailer, claiming to be from the "Joplin Third Thursday Contest Committee" in Washington D.C., received by a Joplin resident states that a visitor camera at Fourth and Main spotted the resident, listed them and a family member by name and entered them in a contest, including a paid trip to Hawaii. The mailer also states that people will be tracked by camera and will receive additional entries into the contest based on how much local art they buy.

Trisha Patton, executive director of the alliance, said the mailer is a scam and has no attachment to Third Thursday or the allianace. She also said there are no video cameras recording peoples identities, or systems that can track how much a person spends on art.

"There are a lot of people taking photos during Third Thursday," Patton said. "But we don't have visitor cameras, and we don't have any such system in place."

The alliance is working with the Joplin Police Department on the matter, Patton said. So far, there has been no verification of fradulent activity, and it is unknown how many mailers were distributed. Patton said the alliance is working to make sure that Third Thursday remains safe.

Anyone who received the mailer is asked to contact Patton by email at trisha.patton@downtownjoplin.com with "Third Thursday Scam" in the subject line. Anyone who feels threatened or targeted by the mailer is encouraged to contact the police department at 417-623-3131, she said.

 

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