CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police are warning residents about a scam in the South Hills area.
Scammers are offering to do yard work or odd jobs in the South Hills area and then strong-arming homeowners into paying more than the agreed-upon price, Charleston Police Department spokesman Lt. Shawn Williams said in a news release. In some cases, the suspects have been allowed inside homes, after which homeowners discover items like checks and small valuables missing.
Williams said the scams seem to be centered in the neighborhoods around Holz Elementary School and Loudon Heights Road.
Williams urges homeowners to be cautious with anyone soliciting work or selling things in neighborhoods, and should not allow strangers into their homes. Residents should ask for references or credentials before allowing someone to work in or around their home.
Anyone with information about the scams may call the Charleston Police Department Community Services Division at 304-348-6470 or visit www.charlestonpolice.org.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.