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Mayor’s Corner: April 23, 2010

Residents: Be Aware of Springtime Scams

It has been reported to the village that in recent days persons posing as road crew workers, wearing a uniform with reflective vests (the kind a road crew worker would wear) and carrying identification badges (which do not clearly indicate a company or government affiliation) have been approaching property owners regarding doing paving work and/or parking lot striping. The claim is that the company has left-over material and that the paving or striping job can be done cheaply and quickly. The man claims that since the paint and other materials are excess materials, there would be no cost to the property owner, except to cover the expense of the machinery.

In addition, we have received word that various persons are circulating about the community purporting to be selling raffles that will benefit the relief efforts in Haiti, when in fact, this is a scam raffle.

Residents should exercise extreme caution when engaged in an unsolicited manner for work to be done on their homes or business properties, or when solicited by individuals for charity donations. Any legitimate vendor or solicitor will have and display clear and appropriate identification. You should not agree to have work performed on your property, or pay any money for such work, until you have had an opportunity to verify that the company is legitimate, and checked with the Better Business Bureau. If a vendor seeks to require you to make a quick decision or commitment, that is usually a sign that the offer is not legitimate. If the vendor does not provide you with clear identification of his or her company, references and other appropriate information, then the offer is probably a fraudulent offer. Any charity solicitor that does not identify a known charity organization and produce valid identification, should be assumed to be not associated with a legitimate charity.

Residents are advised not to confront anyone who is attempting to perpetrate this kind of fraud, but to immediately contact the Nassau County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct at 573-6300. In addition, residents may report any incidents of this nature through the village’s Code Enforcement Hotline at 333-1869 or Village Hall at 334-1700.