Home Repair Fraud

Red flag phrases from fraudulent contractors… “I was in the neighborhood.” Beware of the handyman who comes knocking unsolicited, with news he happened to notice some problem with your home’s roof, driveway, chimney, etc. Out of state license plates are also a clue. “I need cash upfront. Or at least a large deposit.” Never pay…

The Scams of Christmas

“Help Me Get Home for Christmas”  Scammers will try to take advantage of you over the holidays Travelers are easy targets for scammers. If you take packages to your car at the mall, move the car and park in another space.  Thieves will be watching you. Not everyone is honest about where you donate your…

Gift Purchasing and Fraud

Use direct deposit. The mail-both incoming and outgoing-can be vulnerable, especially during the holidays when criminal activity is heightened. Do not give personal information over the phone or internet to an unfamiliar company or caller. Pay the safest way. Many seniors enjoy the convenience of online holiday shopping.  Use a credit card as your payment…

Healthy Wealthy & Wise 2014 Press Release

HHW Press Release PDF For Immediate Release Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Page 1 of 2 For more information contact: Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager (630) 420-6034 laclochel@naperville.il.us Kate R. Schultz, Communications Specialist (630) 305-5341 schultzk@naperville.il.us Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Conference for Seniors Taking Place Friday, September 12 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Deliver Keynote Address NAPERVILLE,…

Scams and Schemes

Business Schemes: Mail order “Work-at-Home” jobs usually cost more than you profit. Home Repairs: “Free inspections or estimates” that have hidden costs on repairs that do not exist. Insurance Fraud: Policies offering “low rates with big benefits.” If it seems too good to be true…it probably is. Medical Fraud/Miracle Cures: “Quick fixes” that may not…