Ohio Police Warn Of Likely Curb-Painting Scam

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Police in a couple of northeast Ohio communities suspect scammers are behind offers to paint address numbers on the curb in front of homes.

In Medina (meh-DY'-nuh), police say residents should be wary of flyers with the curb-painting pitch that were placed in home newspaper boxes on Monday. People wanting the service were instructed to pay by leaving $10 to $20 on their front porch.

Police Chief Dennis Hanwell notes that the flyer doesn't give the name of any business or show a phone number or address. Plus, he says curbs are public property, so only the city or a city contractor would be allowed to paint them.

A few miles away in Strongsville, similar flyers showed up last month. Police Chief Charles Goss says authorities quickly alerted homeowners.