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Chamber warns against maps scam


IT'S A TRAP: Antivirus software lights up if an attempt is made to even go to the home page of Hometown Maps. The site carries a trojan virus.

The Goldendale Chamber of Commerce is warning its members to stay away from an organization called Hometown Maps, runners of a perennial scam.

"One of our members alerted us today that Jack Mitchell of contacted their business offering an advertising opportunity on behalf of the Goldendale Chamber and Klickitat County," Executive Director Dana Peck wrote in an email to Chamber members Monday. "Use caution. Hometownmaps. org is not affiliated with the Chamber in any way."

The illicit firm has also been falsely representing itself as working with The Sentinel.

The business preys on other businesses by offering them advertising space on a cartoon-like map of a city and its a...

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