Officials are warning consumers of a few scams in the area.
At last week’s Clinton City Council meeting, Police Chief Toney Parish said a business that has been asked to leave in the past is operating in town again. He said the business claims to fix driveways and do other paving jobs.
He said the company does shoddy work and will not respond to complaints. Zoning official Dwight Wilson said the company also lacks proper permits to operate in the city limits.
Anyone needing asphalt work should look into the background of any company they are considering hiring before paying them money.
In another scam, the Baxter County sheriff’s office said it has had reports of telephone scams involving fraudulent claims that the recipient of the call has won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes.
In each incident, the caller claims the person has won $250,000 and is asked to either meet another person and pay him a processing fee ranging from $375 to $550 in cash, or to conduct some kind of cash transaction or transfer through a local store.
These calls are coming from area code 876, which is a foreign area code assigned to Jamaica, and the caller has a muffled voice that is difficult to understand, according to a news release from the Baxter County sheriff.
The sheriff’s office reminds everyone not to confirm or release any personal information whatsoever, including verifying name, address, or any other identifying information. Scammers can be very persistent and call back numerous times trying to convince the potential victim that the call is legitimate. In addition, persons should not try to return a call to the 876 area code, because doing so may result in significant additional charges to their telephone bill.
In a third report the state Attorney General’s office said Arkansas consumers are being targeted in a scheme that preys on hopes for a break from high utility bills during the sweltering summer months. Many Arkansans have received word in the past few days of a government “stimulus” program that will apply credits to utility bills.