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Ionia Couple Loses $500 in iTunes Gift Cards in IRS Text Scam [VIDEO]

The IRS has warned about these scams for years-- someone calls, demanding money, threatening jail time if you don't pay up. Well, these scammers are using text messaging too.

Fox 17 reports that an Ionia couple lost $500 to such a scam.

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Jayden K Smith Is Not Trying To Hack Facebook Users In West Michigan

Raise your hand if you got a warning on Sunday about Jayden K Smith?

It read something like:

Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept Jayden K...

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HEADS UP: This Coupon Is A Scam And People in West MI Keep Falling For It!

STOP!  This is a scam.  I know, “but they used Kohl’s logo!”, but it’s still a scam.  Kohl’s is not giving away coupons worth $75 off and purchase of $80 or more...

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Griffins’ Calder Win and Skeezy Gyms – FBHW Segment 16

Today on Segment 16, the guys celebrate the Griffins' Calder Cup victory at the Van Andel last night, and then delve into a new story about the skeezy gym scamming more people...again.

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SCAM ALERT: Look Out for a Lowe’s Coupon on Facebook

You may or may not have come across the Lowe's Home Improvement coupon offering $50 off for Mother's Day. Be careful because it may look totally legit but it's NOT...

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Better Business Bureau Warns of Storm Clean-Up Scams in West Michigan [VIDEO]

After this week's storm, you may be facing roof problems, downed trees, and other damage to your yard and home.

The Better Business Bureau says residents should be on the look-out for scammers offering to help you with your clean-up. 

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Money Raised in Michigan to Fight Breast Cancer Goes to Pay Salary and Professional Fundraisers

In 2015, over 2,000 Michigan residents gave $36,372 to an organization to fight breast cancer. The organization that raised the money is being accused of giving all of the funds to pay its president and professional fundraisers.

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Sparta Police Warn Meth Users of Massive Local Scam and Offer Their Help

Today, the Sparta Police Department (sadly, it's Sparta, Wisc. and not Sparta, Mich.) posted an incredibly helpful post about a massive scam in our area. Apparently, there's been some enterprising drug dealers who have been scamming meth users with crushed rock salt instead of actual meth. Sparta Police want to help, and are offering their services to test and verify your purchase to ensure you haven't been ripped off.

That's super nice of them!

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Diocese of Grand Rapids Warns of Haitian Hurricane Scam

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is warning of a potential scam which involves someone posing as a representative of the diocese and making phone calls asking for donations for "victims of the Haitian hurricane."

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“Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on Facebook Could Land You in Prison

You may be feeling extra generous this holiday season but don't get fooled for doing a good deed.

You've probably seen "holiday gift exchange" posts circle Facebook the past few weeks that basically asks you to participate in a Secret Santa with a bunch of people you don't know...

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Sleazy Scammers Everywhere – FBHW Segment 16

Today on Segment 16, the guys take a look at a couple of stories involving sleazy scams. One that cheated a woman of her savings for a place to live, and another of thousands of dollars in savings on a fake kidnapping!

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Steve Licks the Floor and The DJ Scam A-Hole – FBHW Segment 16

Today on Segment 16, the guys pick a winner for some MIS racing tickets, and Steve might have to lick the floor with his eyes closed until he licks up a winner name.

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