Even in the digital age, old-fashioned tactics are still a threat.
Who Is It Targeting: Property owners and renters
What Is It: Door-to-door sales or home repair scams
What Are They After: With all the high-tech tools at criminals’ disposal, you might think that old-fashioned methods of stealing money and identities are less of a threat. But new warnings have surfaced about people who pop up on your doorstep, offering home repairs, unwarranted upgrades, items for sale, subscription services, and utilities, and more.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Some cold call salesmen may be the real deal, but be wary of anyone who approaches you without contacting you first.
- Never, give a door-to-door salesman your identifying information or money without receiving the product.
- For home repairs, be sure to get a list of references from the salesman or contractor, as well as a written price quote up front.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from WMKY.org.