Lodi residents have been victimized by a number of different scams in the last six months, affecting everyone from the unemployed to the elderly. Officer Leo Ramirez of the Lodi Police Department spoke to the News-Sentinel recently to go over the most prevalent scams in the area.
Mystery shopper: You've seen the ads before, even in the News-Sentinel: Get paid to go shopping! Companies advertising a job in which all you have to do is buy a few items at local stores and you'll receive money to rate the service. While it's true that many local businesses do use "secret" or "mystery" shoppers, some con artists are using a phony secret shopper service to swindle innocent people out of thousands.