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Scam to steal books from Calhoun bombs

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Someone apparently tried to rip off unsuspecting credit card holders by ordering textbooks from Calhoun Community College's bookstore last week, school officials said Wednesday.

The store took an order for about $6,300 worth of nursing textbooks from a service that places orders on behalf of speaking- and hearing-impaired clients, said Janet Martin, a Calhoun spokeswoman.

"It's not unusual for us to get calls like that because we have students all over," Martin said.

The service, which showed up on caller ID as IP Relay Service, was an innocent middleman, she said.

"From what I understand, someone tried to use two or three credit cards that did not belong to them. ... The name that the person gave didn't match the name of the credit card. This person gave multiple credit card numbers," Martin said.

A bookstore employee noticed discrepancies and brought them to the attention of campus police before the books could be shipped.

"We wouldn't have been out anything, but the person's credit card would have been, if somebody hadn't been savvy enough to catch it before their credit card was innocently charged," Martin said.

Martin said campus police turned the case over to the FBI.

According to the Federal Communications Commission's Web site, IP relay service providers, accessed using a computer and the Internet, allow people who have difficulty hearing or speaking to communicate through the telephone system with hearing persons.

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