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Business briefs for Dec. 28

Chamber calendar

In observance of the holidays, there will be no AM Meeting on Friday, Dec. 30.

Chamber offices will be closing at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Brown Bag with the Resource Team, noon, Tuesday, Jan. 3, chamber office, 701 N.E. Hood Ave.

Beware of credit card scammers

The Oregon Attorney General's office is advising consumers to be aware of an increase in credit card scams.

Telemarketers using the names 'Card Services' or 'Account Services' have been contacting residents, promising to lower their interest rate for a fee. The calls originate from marketing firms outside the country, but appear to come from an Oregon area code. Investigators have learned that scammers are using telephone technology capable of tricking Caller ID programming. The companies making the calls are ignoring the National Do Not Call Registry and due to the deceptive practices used by the scammers, the calls are difficult to trace. The Federal Trade Commission is also investigating.

If you are receiving these calls, the Attorney General's office recommends checking with your telephone service provider to see what call blocking services they offer.

For more information or to file a complaint, call 1-888-382-1222 or visit donotcall.gov.

Donation to Salvation Army to feed thousands

Wells Fargo recently played Santa to the Salvation Army by donating $15,000 to help provide food for low-income residents during the holiday season.

All four Portland-area Salvation Army Corps branches will benefit from the gift, which will be used to help stock food pantries. The Salvation Army plans to distribute 4,450 food boxes to families in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties during the month of December.

'The generous gift could not come at a more perfect time,' said Major Don Gilger, Portland Metro Coordinator for the Salvation Army. 'Donations are down, and we are looking for additional support to guarantee that every person who comes to a food pantry receives a full box of food. This grant will help us feed so many people who are struggling to put food on the table.'

For more information or to make a donation to the Salvation Army, visit salvationarmyportland.org.