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“They have gotten pushy before and at that point I just tell my children to release the dog and tell them ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye,’” said April Graham of Riverside.
Yet another cold weather scam comes in the form of a phone call that sounds like it’s from your utility company, according to John North, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Dayton and Miami Valley.
“They will say your bill is overdue and they need to collect money right away,” said North, “but it wasn’t the utility company it was just some scam artist that now has your money.”
To avoid phone scams:
- Don't pay anyone who calls you
- Hang up
- Call the customer service number on your bill or statement
To avoid door-to-door scams:
- Don't pay up front
- Check credentials
- Get a written contract
- Verify contact information.
If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, report it to authorities. You also can warn others by using the BBB Scam Tracker.
Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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