TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Law enforcement agencies in the Wabash Valley want you to be on the look out for scammers.
And one outreach program spent Thursday showing people what to watch for.
"I've just finished an asphalt job and I've got a little bit of asphalt left. I'll fix this little spot right here and I'll let it go real cheap, because I've gotta get it off my truck," said Vermillion County Sheriff Robert Spence.
"Someone calls you up and says guess what? You've won the lottery. We just need you to pay taxes or customs fees or whatever it is and they want to wire you some money," said Amy Wardlow, outreach services specialist at Indiana Attorney General's Office.
Do these sound familiar?
Wardlow said scams are one of the top complaints her office gets.
Here are a few tips.
"You need a name, you need a business card. Never do anything without a signed contract, and contact information. Plate numbers to vehicles, plate numbers to trucks. Those are the things we're always looking for. And they're the things a lot of times home owners don't realize that they should have," said Sheriff Spence.
Scammers will try to bully and intimidate you.
"Kind of held the door open. Wasn't letting the homeowner say no and close the door. He was being forceful about it, very pushy. And know, those are signs right there," said Sheriff Spence.
Homeowners start projects in the spring - a prime time for scammers to take advantage.
From roofs to driveways, siding and door frames, scammers will offer to repair yours at a discounted rate.
But more often than not, these honest-looking helpers are actually looking for a hand-out.
"My suggestion is always use a reputable firm. A firm that's been in business for a long time that you know of. They're the most dependable people to have around," said Sheriff Spence.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..if you've heard of this ahead of time, or if you've heard of the kinds of ways that scammers or identity thieves try to get your money or try to get your information, we feel you're a lot less likely to fall for that," said Wardlow.
If you feel you've been the victim of a scam, contact police.
To learn more about scams going around now, head to the attorney general's website .
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