Orchard Mesa residents on the lookout for scammers

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Orchard Mesa resident Eric Fisk didn't think much of the man that offered him landscaping services at his front door, but his neighbors told him there might be something else going on.

"They saw the guy come up, and he was jingling his keys like he was trying to get inside my house," said Fisk.

But his neighbors were looking out for him.

"He looked like he was trying to get into your house, and you opened up the door and he stepped back," Fisk said.

It seemed like he wanted to do more than just trim the bushes.

Fisk went from having no worries at all, to think the worst.

"It looked like at my house, nobody was there, because it was completely dark. And, I didn't have my porch light on or anything, I guess it felt like the right situation for the gentlemen," Fisk said.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, no crime happened, but it's still a good idea to keep a vigilant eye.

"We have heard stories from other communities about that type of a scam, where somebody poses as a worker," said sheriff's office spokesperson Megan Terlecky.

Other than keeping your doors and windows locked, there are ways to protect yourself.

"You can ask them for identification. Do some research about the company that they are soliciting for," Terlecky said.

And it's always a good idea to look out for each other.

"Neighbors talking to neighbors. We find that the safest communities are the ones where neighbors talk to each other," Terlecky said.

"Thank God we have the neighbors that we have that, even though we don't know them really well, they do look out for each other," Fisk said.

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