Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Home RSS

Township officials looking to keep residents up to date on scams

February 11, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Under reports from department heads at Monday's (Feb. 10) Township meeting, Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw spoke on a program he is compiling to help seniors and residents avoid scams.

"I am compiling a list of all the known scams out there," he said. "I am going to list them on the Austintown Senior Center website, explain how they work and how to avoid them."

He said the list was being assembled through information provided by the Ohio and Maryland attorney generals' offices and the Federal government. He gave the example of the Nigerian prince that needed to hide his fortune in a U.S. bank and was willing to give up a great deal of his fortune for the help. The scam worked at getting Americans to part with their money for a chance at an instant fortune.

"This scam is one of the oldest and has netted over $1.5 million," Henshaw said. "It actually started in the mid-1940s when it was pulled off through the mail."

Henshaw will compile the list of scams and place it on the Senior Center Website at The list will be current and include all the scams he has been able to find.

"I was amazed at how many there are," he said.

On a similar note, Austintown Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli said there have been reports of vendors going door-to-door for electric and gas contracts.

"If they knock on your door and try to tell you that you're not enrolled in the township's gas and electric aggregate program, that is just not true," Crivelli said.

He said all residents are automatically enrolled in the township's aggregate program. They would have to opt out to not be in it.

As for the vendors, Crivelli said the township does issue them permits under the Ohio Revised Code, so they are permitted to go door-to-door.

"We do give them permits, but they don't work for us," Crivelli said.

He said if you think they are offering a better deal, get your gas or electric bill out and compared the prices.

Ken Carano warned to watch out for the companies that give you a great rate for the first couple of months, then raise it high for the remaining months of the contract.

"Just keep in mind that Austintown residents are enrolled in the aggregate program," he said. "If they try to tell you different, don't listen to them."

In other business:

Trustee Jim Davis said there will be a meeting of Advocates for Austintown, a group that is being formed to make the township a better place for business and residents. The next meeting of the group will be on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Austintown Bounce. Those who attend one, then bring a friend or another business owner to a future meeting will have their names put in the running for a restaurant gift card.

Police Chief Bob Gavalier reported he received a $16,500 grant to purchase computers, desks and consoles for the dispatchers.

Austintown Parks Supervisor Todd Shaffer reported the Christmas tree recycling center is done now and just over 300 trees were collected this year.

Trustees declared the following properties at nuisances: 202 Aldrich Road (use tires in side yard); 5328 Baker St. (junk and debris and high weeds); 196 Carnegie Ave. (unlicensed food vendor trailer within public right-of-way); 4927 Mahoning Ave. (junk, debris, and garbage around dumpster); 281 Marcia Drive (junk and debris within driveway and rear yard); 3440 Orchard Hill Drive (junk and debris in driveway); 519 Purdue Ave. (fence in dilapidated state and failing); and 3909 Staatz Drive (junk and debris in side and rear yards.

Trustees declared the following vehicles to be nuisances: 86 South Raccoon Road for an inoperative gray SUV with expired plates; and 3440 Orchard Hill Drive for an inoperable and unlicensed silver vehicle, an inoperable and unlicensed black Malibu, an inoperative black Cadillac with expired plates, and an inoperable red vehicle with an expired plate. Crivelli said both property owners were sent letters and neither has responded.



I am looking for:
News, Blogs & Events Web