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Fort Wayne, IN  – An in-depth study by Better Business Bureau finds that, while consumers may write fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all cases, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators.

The investigative study-- “Don't Cash That Check: Better Business Bureau Study Shows How Fake Check Scams Bait Consumers” -- looks at how fake checks dupe consumers. It digs into the scope of the problem, who is behind it, and the need for law enforcement and consumer education to address the issue.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent for July and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,964 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 12,600 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.8 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent. Indiana's labor force growth of 67,519 over the past six months represents the state's largest six-month increase since 1995 in the state.

In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.3 percent for June and remains lower than the national rate of 4.0 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 14,948 over the previous month. This was a result of a 3,785 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 11,163 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.36 million, and the state’s 64.6 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent (through June 2018) and the BLS Midwest States' average rate of 62.6 percent (through May 2018).

In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

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INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding taxpayers that data thieves don’t take a summer vacation. In fact, summertime tends to be a favorite period for tax scammers, as many individuals are awaiting a response from DOR or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after filing their tax returns.

Tax scammers try to get individuals to disclose personal information, such as their Social Security number, account information and/or passwords. Scams often come through as phone or email scams, however, social media may also be used to target victims.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for May and remains lower than the national rate of 3.8 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,928 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,659 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 13,269 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

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Peru, IN – Denise Sims Ryan of Peru has been added to the staff of Peru Indiana Today.

Denise was born in Kokomo and has lived in Miami County for forty years. She is the mother of ten. Two of her kids are deceased and two still live at home. Denise retired from GM after thirty-three years of service.

Denise attends Chapel of Praise in Peru. She is very much an animal lover and will continue to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Peru Animal Care & Control (PACC) where she handles all of the scheduling of volunteers for the facility.

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INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for April and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 11,655 over the previous month. This was a result of a 737 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 10,918 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8 percent.

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WABASH, Ind.  – As of May 1, residents of Wabash County will have greater access to local healthcare. Finishing touches are being made to Lutheran Wabash, a 30,000-square-foot outpatient center on the city’s north side.

Lutheran Wabash will initially offer urgent care every day of the week, a physical therapy and rehabilitation area, a full laboratory, X-ray, orthopedics, pulmonology, cardiology, and space for additional specialists.

Lutheran Wabash is located at 1700 Alber St., just south of U.S. 24. In advance of opening day, the community is invited to get a sneak peek on April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. A ribbon-cutting will kick off this public open house. Lutheran Health Network officials, Wabash Mayor Scott Long, representatives of Grow Wabash County, project developers and other community leaders are expected to be in attendance.