DEARBORN — Police want to remind residents to be aware of scam artists, who often prey on senior citizens who often are trusting, living alone, or have large sums of money available to them.
These types of scams can include home invasions, burglaries, robberies, thefts, confidence games, door-to-door solicitors, home companion scams and home-repair frauds.
Many scams are committed by well-organized, transient criminals who evade identification and arrest by operating in various cities and towns under many aliases. They often leave town before a crime has been discovered or reported.
A typical scam
One or two subjects make contact with a homeowner by ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door. They attempt to distract the homeowner and direct them toward the kitchen with deceptions such as:
Faking an illness.
Once the homeowner is distracted, several unseen accomplices will enter the residence and explore it in search of jewelry or money. There usually very little sign of ransacking as the actors go through the homeowner’s items very carefully, taking only certain valuables and putting everything else back in its place. After the thieves leave, the homeowner may not even realize that anything has been taken.
Another common scam occurs when a homeowner is approached by one person or more who offer to conduct home repairs such as a new roof, concrete repairs, etc. at a very low cost. The con-artist will then convince the homeowner to pay for all or part of the repair up front in cash. Once the homeowner hands over the money, the scam artist leaves the area and never returns to complete the home repairs.
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