The Staunton Police Department is asking citizens to be alert and vigilant against fraud. There are many scams hatched on a yearly basis.
Some of the scams SPD is warning against include:
Paving schemes: People who do this often target the elderly. They go door to door, bully or cajole a victim, overcharge, and do shoddy work, if any.
Phone calls purporting to be from a government agency or bank, asking for your personal information.
Calls from a relative, or about a relative, who is ill or incarcerated in a foreign country, and requires you to wire money immediately.
Calls from a company that says you owe money, which you know you do not, and makes various threats.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you have used a credit card to pay for such things as magazine subscriptions door to door, check your statement. Make sure that you are not paying for something which you did not order.
Always ask for an ID badge. They are required, by code, to have one.
If you have a concern, or are not sure if a salesperson or caller is legitimate, do not give them personal information or money.
Call the police if you think someone is suspicious.
Never give your personal information to an unsolicited caller.
Run the free annual credit report.
If you have questions please call the Staunton Police Department at 540-332-3852.