Orangetown Police Issue Warning: Beware of Homeowner Scam Targeting Residents

In a recent public service announcement, the Orangetown Police Department has issued a warning to residents regarding a fraudulent scheme targeting homeowners. The department urges the public to exercise caution and stay vigilant to protect themselves from falling victim to this scam.

The scam involves individuals posing as legitimate contractors or service providers who approach homeowners, offering services such as landscaping, home repairs, or maintenance work. These scammers often employ high-pressure tactics, claiming urgent repairs are required or offering unbeatable deals that require immediate action.

Once homeowners agree to the services, scammers either perform shoddy work or simply disappear after receiving payment upfront. In some instances, they may also gain access to the interior of the residence, making it easier for them to steal valuables or personal information.

To avoid becoming a victim of this homeowner scam, the Orangetown Police Department provides the following tips:

1. Verify credentials: Always request identification and licenses from any contractor or service provider before agreeing to their services. Legitimate professionals should be able to provide proper documentation upon request.

2. Research the company: Conduct a thorough background check on the company or individual offering services. Look for online reviews, check with local authorities, and ask for references from previous customers to ensure their legitimacy.

3. Obtain multiple quotes: It’s essential to get estimates from different contractors or service providers before making a decision. Be cautious of unusually low-priced offers, as they may be a red flag for fraudulent activities.

4. Never pay in full upfront: Avoid making full payments before the work is completed. It’s customary to provide a deposit, but the majority of the payment should be made after the job is finished and you are satisfied with the results.

5. Trust your instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true, it probably is. Listen to your intuition and be cautious when dealing with unfamiliar or overly pushy individuals.

6. Report suspicious activity: If you encounter suspicious individuals or believe you have been targeted by a scam, report the incident to the Orangetown Police Department immediately. Providing details and any evidence can assist in their efforts to prevent further fraudulent activities.

By following these precautions and staying vigilant, residents can protect themselves from falling victim to this homeowner scam. The Orangetown Police Department remains committed to keeping the community safe and urges everyone to share this information with friends and family to raise awareness about the ongoing scam. Together, we can help prevent these fraudulent activities and ensure a secure living environment for all.

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