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Connecticut State Police Warn Of Scams At Rest Areas

Connecticut State Police are warning citizens to watch out for scammers at rest areas.
Connecticut State Police are warning citizens to watch out for scammers at rest areas. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut State Police are warning the public of a wave of scams occurring at public rest areas.

Several people have contacted the state police in recent weeks regarding strangers approaching them at rest stops and asking for money, state police said.

The strangers claim they do not have money for gas or have left their wallets at home, according to state police.

Incidents of such scams have been reported at rest areas on Interstates 95 and 84, and on the Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkway, state police said.

At this time of year, citizens may be more vulnerable to scams due to the number of organizations collecting money, gift cards, toys and food for those in need.

Troopers remind citizens not to give money to those asking under questionable circumstances; simply decline the request and continue with your own travel.

If you feel threatened in any way, contact 911 so that a trooper may respond.

Do not donate over the phone or to solicitors who appear at your door.

Do not donate through Western Union or similar money transfer system.

A little investigation can go a long way in ensuring a donation is well spent, state police said.

State police recommend visiting websites such as Charity Watch,  and Charity Navigator, along with GiveWell and GuideStar, to find reputable organizations and their ratings.

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