Cocoa Police Warn Residents of Potential Scam After Wednesday’s Hail Storm
By Space Coast Daily // March 28, 2019
If contacted, report incidents to local police department
SEVERE WEATHER: The Space Coast was rocked Wednesday morning with quarter-sized hail, high winds and heavy rain. TheNational Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a High Surf Advisory, which is in effect from 8 AM Wednesday morning to 8 PM EDT Thursday. (Steve Wilson video)
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police are warning residents about suspicious calls from a potential scammer on Thursday who is pretending to be contractor and solicit residents for damage estimates after Wednesday’s hail storm.
Police say two Cocoa residents called to report a person claiming to be conducting damage surveys in order to provide quotes for repairs.
Both citizens were immediately suspicious of the phone call and contacted police.
“If you did not request a damage assessment or survey and are suspicious, do not provide any information to the caller,” said Cocoa Police Sgt. Dabner Roman.
“Be wary of anyone who approaches you unsolicited or uses high pressure sales tactics.”
The residents say the caller was insistent they be home in order to conduct the survey.
One of the residents who was contacted lives on Shellie Court, while the other lives on North Indian River Drive, according to police.
Officers believe the residents may have been targeted because they either live alone or are senior citizens.
If you are contacted and are concerned, report the incidents to your local police department.
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