If it’s too good to be true, most likely it is. If it’s too sad to be true, it usually is.
Folks be weary of con-artists. They prey on our human instincts to be good and try to help our fellow man. Most recently in the area of Manhattan Heights (Memorial Park area) a group of con-artists attempted to separate good people from their money. Here is the con: your door bell rings and a well-groomed, polite young man is at your door. He tells you that his grandmother has locked her self out, and neither her or him have cash to pay for a locksmith. He mentions some of your neighbors' last names (probably through mail rummaging), and how they gave him a few dollars, and that he is ten dollars short. (Some good people gave into his con and gave him some money!)
Things to do:
- Tell the person that you belong to a Neighborhood Association/Watch and that you WILL call police, to further assist him/them.
- Take notes, jot down a good description - head to toe.
- See where he/they go next. Is a vehicle being used? Get a description of that vehicle.
- Tell them you don’t trust anyone ask to see an ID.
Start a Neighborhood Watch!
Not to do:
- Open your door.
- Give them your information.
- Give them your hard earned money.
- Give them a ride.
- Provide any other information about yourself or neighbor.
There are many cons out there. All prey on our basic instinct to help.
Officer H. Slack #2106, CPO
Also, there have been reports about people coming to the door in the wee hours of the morning: 1 a.m., 2 a.m. Don't open the door. Call the police.