Most people work hard for their money, yet there will always be unscrupulous thieves more than happy to scam that money away. This time of year particularly the thieves are on the prowl. Who do they target? They tend to focus on our most vulnerable citizens; the elderly. There are those who knock on doors offering to fix your roof for a small fee, but they ask for a down payment. Yup, they take that money and you never see them again. There are those who knock on your door and ask to use your phone. What you don’t know is they’re distracting you while their partner steals your checks.
How about the e-mail from a “friend” who is stranded overseas and needs money to get home? The letter in the mail saying you’ve won a lottery? You just need to send them money to cover the taxes. If something smells wrong, trust your instincts!
Please be aware of these scams and warn everybody you know. Don’t let one of your relatives be a victim. Once the money is gone they’ll never get it back. Communicate with your elderly relatives and ask them to call the police if they suspect a scam.
Don’t trust people who just show up at your door offering their services. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Look out for your neighbors and report suspicious activity. It IS OK to be wary of people; I’ve done it for years. Stay safe and help keep those around you safe.