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Police Warn Residents of Area Scam

Article Published 04/24/2009

Police Warn Residents of Area Scam

On April 20, 2009, a resident had a subject knock on their door and ask to do yard-work to help pay for an upcoming baseball trip to California.  She issued a check for $96.00.  When the individual did not return to complete the work as promised, she contacted the police department.  The investigation revealed that the subjects name and intentions were fraudulent.  She was instructed to stop payment on the check.  Three days later, the same person contacted two additional residents.  The suspect is a white male in his early 20's.  He has dark brown hair with a medium complexion.  He weighs approximately 140 lbs.  Anyone with information should call police at 801-497-8300.

The police department offers the following tips to avoid being taken by scams.

  • Always use common sense.
  • Make sure the company has a phone number/physical address.  Follow-up.
  • Ask for references and then check to ensure they are valid and reputable.
  • Avoid high pressure sales tactics.
  • If you're told you have won a prize and have to pay money, always refuse.
  • If you are asked to send money to ten people, who each send money to ten other people, etc., this is an illegal pyramid scheme.  Don't do it.
  • Report the incident to the police.