If you have a small group of people wanting to drop by your house unannounced and sell you some service like concrete work, home repair, or landscaping without first showing you legitimate business cards or calling you so you can research it may be a scam (Of course, this only works if you can hear them ring your doorbell OR knock on your door. I say this since my dad has a serious ear wax problem that makes him seem deaf from time to time)). Last week a few elderly couples in Michigan fell victim to this scam.
Recently in Michigan police said a group of three men have victimized or attempted to victimize three elderly couples. The men posed as workers from a concrete company and distracted their victims as one of the three attempted to enter the home, according to police. The suspects stole money from a victim’s purse on one occasion.
These new scam artists try to get you focused in on the main person talking about what type of repairs you need and how they can help out while another one sneaks off and tries to take anything of value from your home that is not nailed down.
They can also might say they are from the local power company and are their to do a free energy audit (even wearing company uniforms). Power companies NEVER send people without first calling and making an appoitnment. They also request you to call them for an energy audit, not the other way around. Fundraising scams also happen, especially after times of nationally covered disastor. If the charity or fundraiser is legitimate they will have no problem giving you contact information to verify they are doing work approved by the charity.
Remember also to go with your gut instinct. If it doesn’t feel right and you don’t feel comfortable opening the door….DON’T. If you want to see some other popular scams out there check out the FBI’s Senior web page here on common frauds and how to protect yourself.
This blog entry was provided by Jason Monroe. Thanks to DME Suppy Group for giving tips to seniors on scams to watch for in the future.