Springdale police warn citizens about new crooks using an old scam
Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) – Last week, some new crooks revived an old scam in the Town of Springdale. They pulled this on an innocent victim on Kitty Hawk Drive near Airport High School.
According to police, two white males between the ages of 25-35 went to a residence and said they were there on behalf of the local utility company. After being allowed access to the residence one of the subjects distracted the victim by drawing them outside the home while the other entered the victim’s residence and took numerous items.
Police are now warning others this is an age-old scam that occasionally rears itself in a new place with new perpetrators. They warn that if a real representative from any business comes to your home and you are uncertain exactly who they are, you should check their company identification cards while they are outside the house or apartment. Do not allow them to lure you outside at all. Police say you should immediately call their dispatch at 803-785-2521 if you feel at all uncomfortable. An officer will respond and help you authenticate the suspect people. Anyone who is actually an employee of a legitimate utility company will not mind waiting outside until police have arrived to help you make the right decision.
Remember, with modern day computers, identification cards that can seem very real can be made in a few moments. If in doubt, err on the safe side and call the police. They will gladly have an officer respond.
Citizens with information on the suspect’s identity or the incident in Springdale are encouraged to contact the Springdale Police Department or Crime Stoppers in any of the following ways:
CALL: toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
WEB TIP: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.
MOBILE TIP: download the new P3 Tips app for Apple or Android devices.