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Sheriff’s office warns about various scams

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The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office is warning people to be on the lookout for con artists who could be preying on homeowners in the valley.

The con artists are involved in several illegal activities, including paving, roofing, vehicle and trailer scams, according to detective Kevin Sheffield of the sheriff's Intelligence Unit.

"Las Vegas has had a big problem, and generally when they get run out they come this way," said sheriff's spokeswoman Peggy Faulkner. "It happens almost every year. We just want to give people some heads up."

The scam artists will often ask for a down payment for a job but then never return to do the job, or they do a shoddy job, Faulkner said. The suspects have also been known to pay $500 down on a trailer or vehicle, then tell you they'll take the title and vehicle to the bank. With the title in hand, the thieves never return, and victims are left with a theft case that becomes difficult to prosecute, Faulkner said.

Authorities are encouraging people to make sure anyone offering to do work on their property or home has a current contractor's license and credible references. People are also encouraged to check with the state licensing board and Better Business Bureau.

"Don't hurry into it," Faulkner advises. "If they want your business, they'll give you enough time to check them out."