SCAMS Are Heating Up

As summer is cooling off, SCAMS are heating up.

Scam Alert

Chester County and Delaware County Police Departments are investigating on-going phone scams directed at both homes and local businesses.  A person claiming to be a PECO Representative will call with claims of an overdue bill, and threatens to shut off all power within the hour should payment not be made immediately.  Credit card payment by phone will not be accepted, and the business or homeowner is directed to a local store to purchase Greendot prepaid VISA/Debit cards in the amount owed.  The card numbers are then given to the fraudulent PECO Representative by phone as payment.  Individual losses have reached as high as $3000.00 and the cards are not traceable.

Another scam being practiced is a person will call and place an order for product to be mailed to an address out of state.  The person will inform you they will send a check to you for the amount owed.  The check is a  fraudulent check in the amount more than owed.  The person will ask you to cash the check they sent, and ask you to send them a check returning the extra money.

Phone scams such as these are on the rise, and also include claims of lottery winnings or relatives in desperate need of bail money or other cash.

Everyone is urged to contact their local Police should they receive calls demanding or requesting money prior to making any payments.

Please remember that dialing 911 is not for emergencies only.  Any questions, concerns or suspicions, urgent or otherwise, are first met by dialing 911. 

Chester County’s Fifth Annual Landlord Forum

Chester County’s Fifth Annual Landlord Forum will take place on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Chester County Public Safety Training Center, 137 Modena Road, Coatesville, PA, 19320. 

Please join them for a day of engaging workshops, information sessions and networking opportunities on the following:

  • Full occupancy strategies and opportunities through community partnerships with subsidy programs;
  • Avoiding common mistakes while protecting your investment through an eviction process;
  • Resources to help landlords better understand fair housing laws;
  • McCright & Associates – How to make it through the HUD Housing Quality Standards inspection process without a hitch;
  • Paul Davis Restoration – What you need to know about bed bugs, and how to get rid of them;
  • Changing housing demands in Chester County and how they might affect your business.

In addition, resource tables will be available offering relevant literature and a chance to speak with various housing related rental experts and resources.  All attendees will be provided with a complimentary lunch.

If you are a service provider that works directly with members of the landlord community, please forward this invitation to your landlord network in an effort to spread the word.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Please RSVP by Wednesday September 10, 2014.

In order to plan for space and refreshments you will be asked which workshops you plan to attend.  You can attend as few or as many as your schedule will allow!