ST. GEORGE – Shoppers and residents in the St. George area are being asked to exercise caution while in parking lots and public spaces following multiple reports of possible scammers approaching residents with business propositions.
A warning issued by the St. George Police Department Monday reported that these individuals have been approaching customers in parking lots and public spaces and attempting to convince them to purchase items or vehicle maintenance.
“These people have been described as ‘very pushy’ and persistent,” the press statement said.
All businesses in the City of St. George are required to hold proper licensing with the local municipality, St. George Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Sam Despain said. If an unlicensed party is conducting business without the proper credentials, they are in violation of the law and subject to due process.
General standards exist for licensure, but each city and county also has unique requirements and procedures, the press release said. These standards are in place for the protection of both citizens and business owners.
This time of year, with all of the hustle and bustle, can be a good time for scam-artists to take advantage of consumers, Despain said. It is important for shoppers and residents to stay cautious and alert authorities to any incidents that raise a red flag.
“So far, we have only had reports of people who were trying to do this,” he said. “But nobody, so far, has necessarily fallen victim to this.”
Residents should never show a stranger where they live, give out personal information about themselves, or follow a stranger to an undisclosed area of any kind, according to the safety warning. All of these things place citizens at risk, and leaves them vulnerable to a possible crime.
“If someone approaches you,” the statement said, “do not hesitate to request to see their business license or to contact the police department at 435-627-4300 to have an officer respond to verify the status of the business.”
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