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Third Thursday Mail Scam

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Updated April 28, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN

It has recently been reported to the Joplin Police Department citizens were contacted via mail about a fraudulent Third Thursday Contest Committee scam. Downtown Joplin Alliance has verified this to be a hoax. If you have received similar notifications, we would ask that you please make a police report. The Joplin Police Department, and the City of Joplin along with Downtown Joplin Alliance will continue working together to keep Third Thursday safe for everyone.

The Joplin Police Department would like to remind its citizens unscrupulous individuals are constantly bombarding citizens with fraudulent requests, and scams in an attempt to lure unsuspecting people out of their money.

No doubt, in the near future there will be deceitful entities attempting to scan residents in reference to the recent tornado outbreaks. Please be mindful of whom is seeking donations and for what purpose. More information about Charity Frauds may be found on our Joplin Police Department web page.

For further information, please contact Det. Ron Buchanan at 623-3131 ext 239.

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Posted April 25, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE DOWNTOWN JOPLIN ALLIANCE

This morning, Downtown Joplin Alliance was made aware of a likely mail scam related to Third Thursday.  The mailer was sent locally from someone claiming to be the Joplin Third Thursday Contest Committee, however their return address is from Washington DC.  The letter congratulates local residents for coming to Third Thursday claiming that they have been entered to win a father/daughter vacation.  The letter encourages fathers and daughters to come to Third Thursdays throughout the year and purchase art work to improve their chances of winning the all-expense paid trips.  

Downtown Joplin Alliance is not responsible for this mailer and has no knowledge of who sent this mailer.  Downtown Joplin Alliance assures the public that there are no visitor cameras on Main Street and there are no systems in place to assess how many dollars individuals spend on art throughout the event.  This mailer is likely a scam. 

Downtown Joplin Alliance discourages people from responding to the letter.  If you were targeted, please send an email to trisha.patton@downtownjoplin.com that says "Third Thursday Scam" in the subject line.  Contacting us will help us assess how many people were affected.    

See a sample letter (PDF)

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