At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Better Better Business Bureau provides some tips for avoiding scams as you give in the wake of tragedy
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Two residents reported paying for work never completed.
Lexington police are investigating alleged contract and business schemes in town after two residents say they paid for work at their homes that was never started, let alone completed. Two homeowners, from Earl and Merriam streets, said they paid for the removal of oil tanks from their properties, and neither received the services, said Lexington Police Capt. Joseph O’Leary. O'Leary told Patch that a state assistant district attorney asked Lexington to conduct an investigation into the alleged contract and business schemes. There are steps savvy homeowners can take to avoid falling prey to schemes, O'Leary said. First, “Do not respond to solicitors [you] don’t know,” O'Leary said. Work with people within the community with established roots…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Telephone prizes, grandchildren in trouble and imposters posing as utility workers are some of the current ruses used to target seniors, according to the Lexington Police Department.
Following a recent uptick in reports of scams targeting local seniors, police in Lexington are warning residents to think twice before wiring a $3,000 to get a grandson out of trouble. Same goes for sending money to some island to claim lottery winnings. According to Det. Brian Savage of the Lexington Police Department, recent cases of fraudulent activity in Lexington have bilked some residents out of thousands of dollars. Seniors can be especially attractive targets as they tend to be less likely to report the crimes and more likely to trust a scammer on the phone or a perp pretending to work for a local utility, according to Savage, who said recent reports include both kinds of crimes. Lexington Police have seen recent telephone scams …