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The Vermont Secretary of State and Vermont Attorney General are jointly warning municipal officials in the state about an email scam.

As a columnist for the Miami Herald and a prolific novelist of books such as Strip Tease, Lucky You and Star Island, Carl Hiaasen always has his eye on his home state of Florida.

His latest, Razor Girl, keeps the tradition alive with a funny and offbeat mystery set in Key West. A crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control.

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Vermont state police are warning residents of a computer virus scam that drains the bank accounts of victims.

State police are warning New York residents of an identity phishing scam.

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The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermont State Police are  investigating a phone scam in which callers say they are from the Sheriff’s office.

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New Hampshire investigators are looking into a scam that displays a real police department phone number. A woman reports that she was told there was a warrant out for her arrest and that she needed to close it by sending cash.

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Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is warning state residents about a phone scam targeting electric power customers in which callers threaten to shut off customers' power if money is not sent immediately.

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Green Mountain Power says several of its customers have received phone calls from people saying they are associated with the utility and threatening immediate disconnection of service if the customer doesn't pay past due accounts.

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An upstate New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims is fighting extradition to Massachusetts. Troy City Court officials say 26-year-old Audrea Gause refused Tuesday to waive her right to an extradition hearing and go voluntarily to face a larceny charge.

The Troy woman was arrested Friday. She's being held on a fugitive warrant.

Text Message Scam Hits Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2012

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says there's an ongoing scam in which consumers get text messages saying they've won $1,000 Best Buy gift cards.

But the text is from scammers seeking credit card information.

The district attorney says text recipients are directed to a website that looks connected to the electronics retailer, but isn't.

The website asks consumers to provide their credit card info to collect the prize.

Authorities say the scam is widespread and recently made its way to Worcester County.

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says residents who get a call from someone claiming to be from the agency asking for money are being scammed.

The agency said Tuesday a woman called them last week to say she had received a voice mail from a man who said he was from the office.

The woman called the number back and was told she had won $300,000, but would have to send in a $360 check for "insurance." She was told once the check was received, winnings would be transferred to her. She hung up.