Police Issue Warning for Springtime Scams

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

STAUNTON -- The Staunton Police Department asked neighbors to watch out for fraud. An officer said it's more common, especially during this time of the year.

One of those scams is something called a paving scam. In this instance, scammers will go door to door offering a service and most of the time, overcharging for it. Another scam asks people for personal information on behalf of a government agency or a bank.

Neighbors also should look out for fraudulent calls from a relative in a foreign country, asking for money to be wired immediately.

Another scam comes from companies that claim you owe money. The caller makes various threats.

An officer said you should call police to be safe.

"Sometimes people have a pretty good idea that there's something wrong. Go ahead and call. Just because you say, 'No I'm not gonna give you my personal information,' they may go ask somebody else,” said Lisa Klein with the Staunton Police Department.

Police recommend you check your credit card statement often. They also say to always ask for an ID badge.

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