Jonesboro police give tips for avoiding high pressure sales tactics

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Spring has sprung across Region 8 and many are taking advantage of the warmer weather with yard work but Jonesboro police warn that there are some people out there looking to take advantage of you.

"If it just doesn't sound right, it probably isn't right," Public Information Officer for Jonesboro Police Paul Holmes said.

Holmes said a report was filed with the department recently in which a woman stated she was taken for nearly $200.

The report stated the woman was doing yard work when a van pulled up with multiple people inside who offered to do it for her for $200 but that they only wanted cash.

The report said they also asked the woman if she would get them food for doing that work.

According to the report, the woman went to the bank to get that money and pick them up food.

When she returned, she said they acted as if they were working but she said when she paid them, they ate the food and left.

The woman said she later learned they'd also stolen over $50 from her wallet and took her leaf blower.

Holmes told Region 8 News that when it comes to instances like this, the "sales people" are usually very high-pressure.

"Avoid people who want you to pay in cash, want you to pay up front and pressure you to agree to some work on the spot," Holmes said.

He explained that there are red flags to look for.

"They won't inspect the property and talk about the scope of work that's gonna be done before they insist on a price," Holmes said.

Holmes said to stick to legitimate, well-known companies and do your research.

"Make sure who you deal with is licensed and bonded and insured," Holmes said.

Holmes said if you ever start to feel pressured, simply tell them no and don't hesitate to ask them to leave your property. Holmes said if they don't, call police.

To check on businesses in the area, Holmes advised visiting gotyourbackarkansas.org.

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