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Schenectady police warn scammers doing unwanted work, demanding money

Schenectady police warn scammers doing unwanted work, demanding money

Schenectady police are warning homeowners to be wary of scammers targeting older residents in and ar

Schenectady police are warning homeowners to be wary of scammers targeting older residents in and around the city.

The scam has focused on driveway work that the homeowners never authorized, police said.

Police know of two incidents this month in which scammers started work on driveways, performing various “repairs” before going up to the front door to talk to the homeowner.

“They basically show up and start work without asking permission to do any work,” city police Sgt. Matthew Dearing said.

The suspects then demand money for work completed, pressuring the homeowner to pay up. In both instances, the homeowners paid.

City police said they have heard similar reports from surrounding areas, including Colonie.

They said it appears the scammers have been targeting older residents.

“They’re pretty much pressured into paying,” Dearing said.

He said the two Schenectady incidents happened within a five-day period earlier this month. One was in the Eastern Avenue area.

He asked anyone who has experienced a similar incident to contact police.

Police have warned about other driveway scams in the past, also targeting older homeowners. Last summer, for exampled Glenville police warned of people offering discounts to reseal driveways.

That scam involved the worker lying to the homeowner about the condition of the driveway, then offering a discount based on material left over from a previous job. Police advised residents at that time to get a second opinion from a reputable company before agreeing to have work done.

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