LINDEN – The Linden Police Department offers the following tips to help residents avoid being victimized by scams this spring.
How You Can Prevent Home Scams
- These scammers often work in teams. One of them will distract you while an accomplice sneaks into your home and steals from you.
- If you see any suspicious vehicle, write down the license plate.
- If you are a senior citizen, you will be targeted, especially if you live alone. Successful scammers are pleasant, friendly and charismatic.
- Never hesitate to call the police if a stranger comes onto your property.
- If driveway sealers, tree trimmers, water company representatives or any other contractor shows up at your house unannounced, call the police if you have any questions about their legitimacy.
If someone calls and tells you that you have won a sweepstakes, keep the following in mind:
- You can only win the sweepstakes if you have entered the sweepstakes.
- Be suspicious of locations written on any check, letter and/or envelope.
- Legitimate sweepstakes never will ask you to pay fees to participate or to receive a prize. Sweepstakes taxes are paid directly to the IRS along with your regular tax return.
- Sweepstakes scammers often will send you counterfeit checks in large amounts to fool you into thinking that the sweepstakes is legitimate.
- Do not let the prospect of a great deal cloud your judgment. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never send money to someone whom you have not met.
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