New 'scam squad' aimed at protecting your money

What is the 'Scam Squad'

There is a new place to go in Cuyahoga County for anyone who believes that they been scammed.

It is called the “scam squad.”

Sheryl Harris is the director of the Cuyahoga Department of Consumer Affairs and says the initiative pairs senior service agencies with law enforcement to better serve the community.

“We really wanted to make sure that reports about scams actually wind up at the agency that’s most suited to investigate,” Harris said.

Harris says scams are always morphing and hopes the squad can help share information faster when a complaint comes in.

She said all scams are underreported. “A lot of victims don’t want to talk,” she added.

There are three basic warning flags she advises any potential victim to observe.

First, she advises to never use a gift card as a form of payment.

Second, she says to be leery of anyone who tries to rush you into spending money. Lastly, she urges caution with someone who induces panic by presenting a problem that you alone have to quickly solve.

“Talk so someone else,” she advises. “When you’re panicked that’s the worst time to make a decision about spending money.”

WKYC Channel 3 will be partnering with the squad and we'll share tips and stories on Friday 6 p.m. newscasts.

A representative of the squad can be reached at (216) 443-7035.


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