Christiansburg police warn of scams
One appears to specifically target the elderly population: A person will call a potential victim and pretend to be their grandchild. The caller claims to be in a foreign country and in some type of trouble, such as they were in a car crash or on the verge of being arrested. They are very convincing as they claim to need money wired to them immediately in order to avoid more trouble.
If a scammer successfully obtains money, they may even call back a second or third time with new reasons for needing additional funds wired to them.
Due to the money being wired out of the country, it is nearly impossible for the police to track the funds and identify the scam artists.
The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to be suspect of any calls of this nature, do not send any money, and call the police department at (540) 382-3131.
Residents with elderly parents or neighbors are also encouraged to talk to them about this scam.
As always, citizens are reminded to be vigilant at home, when contacted via the phone, and when using email and/or the internet.
Also, police warn taht spring is the time of year for home improvement projects and that citizens be particularly aware of potential scams during this season.
A few examples of scams seen around town include:
-Driveway paving; someone comes to your door and offers to re-top your driveway. They use a kerosene mixture that initially looks professional but then washes away when it rains.
-Home improvement contractor; someone arrives at your door and tells you they need to look at your fence or something inside your home. While they distract you, another person enters your home to steal cash or other small valuables.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, please contact the police department at (540) 382-3131.
Tips to avoid being scammed:
- Keep your screen door locked at all times, as this keeps a barrier between you and the person at your door. It makes it more difficult for them to be pushy or try to get inside your home.
- Never invite sales people inside your home.
- Ask to see a business license from the town of Christiansburg. If they cannot produce one on demand, do not purchase anything from them.
-The Roanoke Times