The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 28, 2013

Driving class is important


2. Driveway Sealing — An elderly rural Clinton woman reported two out-of-state men came to her house and offered to seal her blacktop driveway for $650. She agreed with their offer. The men sprayed a black liquid on the driveway and left. A rainstorm arrived almost as soon as the men left and the black liquid completely washed off. The men cashed the check almost immediately.

These transient types did not obtain the required county-issued permit to solicit door to door, nor did they present the woman with any kind of written contract, also required by law. These contracts must include a notice of the purchaser’s right of cancellation within three days.

If someone comes to your door selling blacktop sealer, farm gates, meat, asphalt, roofing, any of these things, they must show you a peddler’s permit. If they don’t show one, don’t even talk to them. As the elderly woman in rural Clinton found out, these are scammers.

3. Affordable Care Act, Insurance Marketplace — This is something we will hear much more about in the coming weeks. Oct. 1 is the enrollment date for the health care reform insurance marketplace. Consumer protection agencies are sounding the alarm, about phone scammers calling to market insurance. For those on Medicare, this is really pretty simple. Nothing is changing in Medicare. This is the advice from Medicare, “You don’t need to do anything with the Marketplace.” Anyone trying to sell you something additional is trying to scam you.

4. Scam emails from FBI — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a new director, James Comey, sworn in on Sept. 4. Already scam emails are going out, supposedly signed by him. These emails show different variations, but all want you to send money for some purpose. All are a hoax. The FBI or any federal agency does not send out unsolicited emails. Don’t respond to anything like this. If you have questions, contact me.

Please contact me if you think someone tried to defraud or scam you, or especially if someone did defraud you. I am available to assist you in these matters. You can reach me by calling for Seniors vs. Crime at the Clinton Co Sheriff’s Office at 242-9211, ext. 4433.

Randy Meier is the director of Seniors vs. Crime, which operates in conjunction with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

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