By Rusty Bradshaw
Sun City Home Owners Association officials warn residents that scam attempts continue to increase in the community and they urge residents to be cautious to protect themselves.
SCHOA continues to receive a high volume of calls and communications from residents telling them of numerous situations they experience with scam attaempts, according to Carole Studdard, SCHOA executive director. Residents also contact the Independent fairly regularly to report possible scam attempts. A recent example is a note sent by a resident describing a telephone caller trying to get personal information by claiming the resident had problems with their Windows computer operating system.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office also issued a warning in late-June about a scam revolving around air conditioners.
“How we all wish scams would ‘stop or go away,’” Ms. Studdard said. “Unfortunately, this isn’t happening.”
Even though mail may look very official, residents are encouraged to look carefully. Similarly, phone calls seem may seem convincing.
“Remember, if you don’t know who you are speaking with, don’t engage; hang up the phone,” Ms. Studdard said.
SCHOA officials urge residents to be informed and educated. They are also encouraged to get three estimates before contracting for work.
“Do not pay in advance for services provided,” Ms. Studdard said. “Read the fine print.”
Residents are also urged to not allow themselves to be pressured. Ms. Studdard also suggested residents not do business with people they do not know, unless they check with friends and relatives to get referrals for the company, and to be cautious of door-to-door sales people. Residents are urged to only deal with businesses that are licensed.
“Reputable businesses provide official communication by mail; not by phone/email,” Ms. Studdard said.
SCHOA also has a vendor referral program for members. Vendors accepted to the program are vetted by SCHOA officials and continually monitored for any complaints from members.
The Arizona Attorney General Office and law enforcement officials encourage residents to report all scam attempts, and to provide as much information about the caller/solicitor as possible.
To report possible scams, call Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011 or visit www.azag.gov.