Scams And Ripoffs - Garage Sale Thieves

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A garage sale can be a good way to get rid of clutter from your home and make cash at the same time. However, if you're not careful you could get ripped off by those who aren't just there for the items you're selling.

"People are scoping out the house and coming back," said Scott Darrenkamp, who recently had his first Garage sale. "We try to be aware of everybody who comes by and try to talk to them so they know we know they're there."

According to Lt. Joe Cutcliff with the Wichita Police Department, garage sales give strangers a chance to get into your personal space.

Cutliff says to keep your interior door closed. "Don't allow access for someone to go inside for the bathroom or a drink of water because they can also see what's inside your home," he said.

Watch your items that aren't for sale. If you can't move your keepsakes inside the house during the sale, cover them with a blanket or sheet and move them to the back of the garage.

Also, don't advertise big items that are in your home such as boxes for TVs or appliances.

Another tip is to move the garage sale into the driveway, which allows you to shut your garage door so people can't see in.

Finally, always keep the money you're making at the garage sale hidden.

If you think you're being scammed or ripped off, report it to the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417.

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