Shelton police plan community anti-scammer info sessions

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SHELTON — Police are stepping up efforts to educate residents and businesses about common scams and how to avoid being a victim.

The department’s Crime Prevention Division, under the direction of Officer John Staples, will soon be holding information sessions on scams and tips to avoid being scammed as these incidents continue to happen within the community.

“These incidents are steadily ongoing,” Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said. “Educating people about the dangers is the key. Anytime someone asks for gift cards or money to be wired to pay, it is an automatic red flag. No companies take payment that way. And do not give out personal information.”

Chief Shawn Sequeira said complaints of individuals arriving at homes claiming to be utility company employees are also on the rise. Sequeira said any time someone feels uncomfortable or uncertain about the situation, they should contact authorities.

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