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Chicago Police Issue Scam Alert For Edgewater Area

The Chicago Police Department recently issued an alert warning residents of both Edgewater and Rogers Park about a door-to-door wandering contractor scam that has been targeting mainly senior residents.

According to police, the individuals pose as a contractor or utility worker often knocking on doors to offer residents repair work including tree trimming, tuck pointing and roof fixes. In some instances the suspects will use car repairs like dent removal and improving car finish as part of the scheme.

The scammers will modify their stories regularly, often saying they are working in the area, have extra supplies and noticed that your home needs the same fix. In many instances the scammers will work as a team and distract the victim while another enters the home through the front or rear door.

Be on alert to unsolicited offers for any type of repair work or utility workers without proper identification. The individuals often use high pressure tactics or ask for cash upfront before they complete the work.

Authorities say to trust your instincts and be aware of anyone asking for money, suggesting you contact your bank, using scare tactics to sell you something, and individuals who discourage you from talking to someone you trust.

If you see or hear something that does not seem right, talk with a neighbor. If you feel threatened, intimidated, or that you are involved in a scam call 9-1-1 immediately.

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