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Sheriff warns of possible scam

September 14, 2012

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon is reminding area residents to be cautious before hiring anyone to work on their property.

Solomon told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Friday that they have received a report of possible itinerant workers in the area after a local resident reported Thursday that he was approached at a farm north of St. Marys by a male asking to paint the outbuildings at a farm. The vehicle he was driving was out of South Carolina.

“It is common for itinerant workers out of southern states to work the northern states during the summer,” Solomon said. “When the weather turns cold they return to the southern United States.

“I am just asking county residents to use caution when hiring anyone they do not know or is not local,” he said. “We have had issues over the years where the out-of-state painters or pavers come in and take local residents for thousands of dollars.”

The sheriff said deputies have taken many reports through the years of people paying for blacktop that they didn’t get or had a barn painted that washed off after the first rain, so with one report made, he wanted to put an alert out to residents.

“Keep in mind, not all are bad or do bad work, but we are just asking residents to be cautious,” Solomon said. “Don’t pay for the work before it is completed and inspected and if there are issues call the Sheriff’s Office.”

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