Beware of Door-to-Door Scams

Scam AlertThe City of Urbana Police Department has recently been informed of some door-to-door scams in Urbana.

Below is a list of fake services used in these scams:

  • Fence repair
  • Roof repair
  • Siding repair
  • Driveway repair
  • Automobile repair
  • Building code violation
  • Free home security inspection
  • Tree trimming
  • Door-to-door sales
  • Collecting money for various things includeing organizations, school trips or sports

How to protect yourself and your loved one from door-to-door scams:

Never respond to unsolicited offers of service. If you need services or repairs done on your property or in your home, make a point of scheduling these appointments to avoid uncertainty over who is and is not legitimate. Always ask for identification. Have unexpected service people wait outside while you contact their company or employer at their main phone number. Be sure to look up the company’s contact information in the phone book or online. Do not use the number listed on the individual’s business card, as it may be fake. Ask the person to leave their information and return next week. This will give you plenty of time to verify their credentials and the validity of the visit. Never give cash to door-to-door people who are offering a service or demanding payment. Be cautious of people that demand immediate and up-front payment. Tell your neighbors about any unusual experiences you have had or observed. This could help them avoid becoming victims. Keep your doors locked, even while you are home. Please report any suspicious activity to the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320.

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Last modified:Monday, August 5, 2019 - 15:54
- Author: BridgetB