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The economic crisis in Greece has many families doing anything they can to raise extra money. The government recently stepped in and published guidelines to help prevent citizens from being ripped off by pawnshops offering to exchange gold for cash. Authorities say many businesses are promising to pay high rates of exchange, but are following unscrupulous practices. The government says they recommend families obtain independent valuations of their silver, and check gold prices before deciding to sell to dealers.

Greek citizens, especially those who work for governmental agencies, have seen their incomes drop by as much as a third because of austerity measures that have been imposed on the debt-laden country. The official statement from the government warns, “We urge consumers to weigh their objects at home. Fliers and advertising material promising particularly high prices should be treated with caution.” In recent days, ads for pawnshops have popped up all over the capital city displaying slogans such as, “In Gold We Trust.”

--Take Care Selling the Family Silver hard up Greeks told; http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/13/us-greece-austerity-idUSTRE7BC20J20111213?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: reutersoddlyEnoughNews (News US / Oddly Enough)&Title=Take-care-selling-the-family-silver-hard-up-Greeks-told; December 13, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Matthew 6:24 “You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

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