CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Several Northeast Ohio police departments warned residents with the same Facebook post about the possibility of scammers who are trying to benefit from homeowners during the coronavirus pandemic, but it appears it was a fabricated scenario.
No specific incidents have been reported in Northeast Ohio.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office clarified about the posts with a new Facebook note.
Although the warning was perhaps premature, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said, “Unfortunately, some tend to prey upon others in these unprecedented times."
So, just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it couldn’t in the future.
“We encourage citizens to remain vigilant and certainly call the Lorain County Dispatch center for any suspicious activity,” the sheriff’s office said.
Giving the scammers access to the inside of a home could allow them to take advantage of the residents, police fear.