20th, 2007 by Cpl
of recent bad weather the South Bend Police Department would like to remind citizens
to be aware of scams.
During times like this, criminals will target the
elderly and the most vulnerable in our society. The Police Department would like
to provide a few tips to avoid being scammed.
allow strangers inside your home.
"officials" to produce identification and confirm their alleged employment.
the utility company by telephone if any employee wants to enter your home or asks
you to go outside with them.
of unsolicited home repairmen.
you do request services: Check with the Better Business Bureau.
for references and call them.
several repair estimates and compare prices (if possible).
Be suspicious of high pressure tactics.
down the license plate number of any suspicious vehicle(s) the suspect(s) may
with a trusted friend or relative before making major money decisions (if possible).
by check so you can stop payment if you are dissatisfied.
If possible never pay cash.
you do pay cash do not pay up-front until work is completed and you are
addition, The Federal Bureau of Investigation office for Southern Indiana is warning
Hoosiers of a new scam floating about the area.
Special Agent Michael
Welch and US Marshal Peter Swaim have been investigating an ongoing scheme involving
jury service. Apparently, the scam involves people calling your home, and identifying
themselves as US Court employees, informing people they have supposedly missed
They then ask for your personal information such as name, address,
social security number, date of birth, and other pieces of information that could
be used to steal your identity and defraud you. People who have refused are then
told they will be fined or arrested or face some other sort of penalty.
and Swaim want to urge that the court system does not contact people by phone
and ask for any information for any reason. If someone calls your home saying
they are a court employee requesting information, hang up and contact authorities.