Police warn residents of possible mailbox scam
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September 28, 2013 10:09 PM | 2526 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Police Department is warning of a possible scam to get residents to pay a fee for home address markers.

A street marketing flyer is being left on mailboxes in the city soliciting residents to pay a fee for “New Improved Night Vision” home address markers along their street, and it is not an initiative by the city or public safety officials, police said.

On Friday, the city sent a notification advising residents that there is no company name on the flyer that the city has been able to verify, and the company soliciting had not purchased a required solicitation permit from the city.

“In an effort to keep our public informed so that a decision can be made based on facts, please be advised that this is not a city or Woodstock Public Safety initiative,” the notification stated.

“Although the flyer doesn’t clearly state it, we also believe there is a fee associated with this that they bill you for after they complete the work.”

A sample flyer, included in the city notification, marketed the initiative as a way to “Help 911 Personnel Find Your House Quickly at Night,” and to “Protect your home.”

However, city officials and Woodstock Police are not involved in this mailbox flyer marketing, police said.

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