Spring Cleanout? Beware of Seasonal Scams

After a polar-vortexing bear of a winter, spring has sprung (finally!) – at least according to the calendar. So now’s the time to prepare for scammers who spring into action, trying these perennial ploys: Home Repair Scams They may promise deals on asphalt paving, roof work or other “needed repairs” they happen to spot from their pickups or by going door to door. But beware of any “con”-tractors who then request upfront payment under the guise of having to buy materials; …

Burglars Beware: A Grannycam Might Be Watching You

  Burglars, take note: These days, you never know who might be watching you. With home video camera systems cheaper than ever, buyers increasingly are looking to them as a way of keeping watch on the youngest and oldest members of their households. And the nannycams and grannycams are catching home-invading criminals in the act. Last month, for example, a nannycam recorded an attacker breaking into a house in Millburn, N.J., and savagely beating a woman in front of her …