Police warn of scams following Napa earthquake 

click to enlarge In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo pedestrians examine a crumbling facade following an earthquake at the Vintner's Collective tasting room in Napa, Calif. Emerging data on last month’s Northern California earthquake is explaining why the city of Napa suffered so much of the damage. - AP PHOTO/NOAH BERGER, FILE
  • AP Photo/Noah Berger, File
  • In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo pedestrians examine a crumbling facade following an earthquake at the Vintner's Collective tasting room in Napa, Calif. Emerging data on last month’s Northern California earthquake is explaining why the city of Napa suffered so much of the damage.

Napa police are reminding consumers to be aware of a variety of scams, including telemarketers and home repair or contractor fraud, following last month's earthquake.

To avoid telemarketing scams, police are asking consumers not to buy from an unfamiliar company, to always ask for and wait to receive written material about an offer or charity, obtain a salesperson's name, business identity, phone number, street address, mailing address and license number before conducting business and to take time in making a decision.

To avoid home repair and contractor fraud, police are asking consumers to be informed and shop around before making a purchase, to have a friend help make difficult decisions, to carefully read all contracts and purchasing agreements, making sure to understand all terms, and to take control of transactions and not be pressured into purchases, committing funds or signing contracts.

Police are asking anyone with information about fraud to report it to local, state or federal law enforcement agencies.

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