McDONOUGH — Henry County police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of scamming a resident out of more than $300.
A repairman hired to fix the victim’s dryer stole $324.54 claiming he needed the money to order a part to repair the appliance. The man never returned.
The so-called repairman is wanted on theft by conversion charges. If anyone knows the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, they’re asked to call Detective P. Gomes at 770-288-8256 or the non-emergency dispatch line at 770-957-9121.
According to the My Appliance Service website the scam is known as The Pay First Scam where a technician will ask for money up front to get a part or asks you to write a check to them personally instead of a company.
They also recommend not leaving a repairman alone because some scammers have been known to break other parts that need fixing.
The Better Business Bureau also warns of a scam in which a consumer calls to schedule an appointment but is required to pay a fee up front to make the appointment. Oftentimes, a repairman will not show up and the representative claims there’s no record of the appointment.
BBB recommends you double check the customer service number by searching the company’s name. If you should make a payment, use a credit card as payments can be disputed. Using a wire transfer or pre-paid debit card is like using cash, BBB officials said, and there is almost nothing that can be done to recover the money.