Be wary of letting someone into your home, no matter what excuse they provide.

Who Is It Targeting: Home residents, especially the elderly

What Is It: A burglary based on a plausible “ruse”

What Are They After: Residents in one state have already been warned about ruse scams that use a plausible excuse to enter your home, only to rob you instead. A ruse scam happens when someone comes to the door and claims they need to check for a gas leak, make sure your cable service is working correctly, flush all the toilets due to work on a water main down the block, or any other similar excuse. These scammers often work in pairs, so one person can keep you occupied with pleasantries or a clipboard full of questions while the other person steals money, jewelry, or other items.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Never let anyone in your home without prior notification and identification.
  • If anyone claims to need access to your property, tell them to wait right there while you call the company they work for.
  • Do not use a phone number they provide, as it could be part of their ruse.

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 Roselle.