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Palestine Police warn residents about possible new scam

PALESTINE, August 26, 2013--The Palestine Police Department is investigating the report of a possible new scam in the area. Police have received a report of two men going to the home of an elderly individual and asking to do work. They quoted a price of $40, and when the work was completed, the men changed the price and demand additional money.

The offenders demand that the elderly victim write a check for the work and they quickly went to the bank and cashed the check before anyone can put a stop on the check. The victim was forced to write a check for $400 in this incident.

The police urge residents to check out any unknown person who comes to their home and asks to do work. Ask for references for past work and do not make a decision on the spot. Also, make sure they show proper identification such as a driver’s license and some type of company insurance or bond information.

The Palestine Police Department also asks residents to call the police at once if they believe they are being scammed.

The police will be obtaining information from the bank to try and help identify the men involved in this incident.

If the victim was threatened or felt that they would be harmed if they did not write the check for the amount demanded, the offenders could be charged with Robbery, which is a second degree felony. If convicted of Robbery, the suspects could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.

Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477.      

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Palestine Police Sgt. James Muniz about the issue. Click below for more information.


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