Indiana Residents Alert: Beware of “Leftover Material” and “Work from Home” Scams


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Newton County, IN – As spring arrives, so does a wave of scams targeting unsuspecting Indiana residents. 

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public about two prevalent scams: the “leftover material” scam and the “work from home” scam. Scammers posing as contractors may visit homes, offering to do work at a discounted rate using supposedly leftover materials. Sheriff Cothran advises residents to ask for a contractor’s registration and proof of insurance before agreeing to any services.

Additionally, the “work from home” scam involves offers of easy employment with high rewards, often asking victims to purchase office supplies with a provided check and request personal information. 

Residents are cautioned to recognize these offers as potential scams, especially since they often target the elderly. The community is encouraged to remain vigilant and verify the authenticity of any unexpected work proposals or job offers.


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