Police Warn Residents of Solicitor Scam
EASTLAKE, OH — Eastlake police are sending a warning about scammers targeting elderly residents while posing as funeral agencies and utility companies.
According to Eastlake police, a couple recently knocked on the door of an elderly female and said they had made an appointment to speak to her regarding funeral arrangements for her future, more specifically about a plot of land and funeral expenses.
In another event, the solicitors posed as employees with a utility company and asked to see a recent electric bill, claiming they can lower prices for home owners in need.
Police say solicitors specifically look for a welcomed entry into a home for a number of reasons. They may use an excuse to leave the room and then canvas the home for items to steal.
Unlawful solicitors may also look for a piece of mail or a utility bill for identity theft purposes.
Authorities say scammers may also target elderly residents in “cash up front” schemes that promise a product that will never be delivered. Police warn they may wear name badges or have fake IDs.
Anyone with concerns about unlawful solicitors are urged to contact Eastlake police.