SWINDLED: Police say protect yourself from scams

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is warning residents to protect themselves from scams.While detectives investigate every case as thoroughly as possible, CCPD detective Chip Stephenson said scam cases are hard to prove, especially since many scammers live states, even continents away.“Oftentimes, the tips we get lead us nowhere,” Stephenson said. “Unfortunately, very few of those crimes are solved.”Stephenson said the best way to avoid scams is to know how to protect yourself.“Anytime someone solicits you to give you money, that’s typically an indicator that it’s probably fake,” Stephenson said. While scams come in many forms, Stephenson named a few common schemes that local residents have been tricked into, including fake calls from law enforcement officers, Craigslist scams, free airline vouchers and insurance companies.Craigslist, an online classifieds website, is a place where people can sell their items. To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 27 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.