(Toledo News Now) - Police in Sylvania and Bowling Green are warning residents of a possible scam involving curb painting.
Police say scammers are distributing pink flyers telling homeowners that their house number needs to be painted or repainted on the curb in front of their home. The flyer states that the painting is required to help emergency crews find the home in case of an emergency.
The flier asks homeowners to leave cash or a check in an envelope outside their home the next day to pay for "professional" repainting of the numbers. Police say someone takes the money, but the numbers are never painted.
"Never pay for a service before the work is completed. Always get a contract for work you're going to have around your home. You don't want to just blindly pay for services. Specifically, never leave cash or checks taped outside where someone could take them," said Caption Rick Schnoor of the Sylvania Police Department.
Police say another red flag that could help residents spot this scam is the lack of a company name or solicitor permit information on the flier. They also say that it is not required for residents to have house numbers painted on the curb.
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