With yesterday’s wide spread storm damage comes the possibility of scams. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office wants our residents to be aware and be cautious.
CASH DEPOSIT- Be cautious of the person that claims they are in the area cleaning up storm damage and request a deposit from you to get on their list. Often times they will make a resident believe they have crews in the area cutting trees and hauling away debris. They may actually point down the road to a crew that is working but they may not be associated with that company at all. Use caution.
DIVIDED ATTENTION- one person make get the resident to walk around the property with them to assess damage, while another goes in the unlocked home looking for whatever they can get. Be aware.
PHONE CALLS- The person calling you may claim to be with a “disaster relief” and make you believe funds are available to assist with clean up or repairs; they just need some personal information to get your paperwork started. DON’T DO IT.
Only deal with reputable companies or people you know. Never give your personal or banking information to anyone you don’t know or trust.