An unlikely scam in Utah involves people posing as representatives from a food bank who offer a free carpet cleaning in exchange for a canned food donation.
According to KSL, the Utah Food Bank is warning people in the Salt Lake City area that this door-to-door appeal for nonperishable foods in exchange for a complimentary carpet cleaning is a scam. The food bank advises that if anyone comes to their door offering this deal, they should politely decline and call the Utah Food Bank immediately.
The scam involves individuals who claim to represent the food bank and carry bags that have the Utah Food Bank label on them. In exchange for a bag of food, the “representatives” offer a free carpet cleaning.
In reports of the scam, people claim to have seen a woman with tattoos, a nose piercing, and short blonde hair who drives a gray or silver Suburban-type vehicle.
According to the Utah Food Bank, they never go door-to-door to solicit donations and will never ask for access to a person’s home or offer anything in exchange for a donation.
The scam comes at an especially important time of year for the food bank — after a summer depletion of stock and just as they are trying to get enough donations to support the 470,000 Utahns who rely on food banks to eat through the holidays.
Experts recommend that carpets should be cleaned or protected at least once every year to year and a half, but finding the right company is essential for avoiding scams.
There are over 40,000 legitimate carpet cleaning companies in the United States, and you should make sure to do your research before hiring one. The intent of this particular scam is unclear, but giving strangers access to your home could result in damages or losses of personal property if they are not from a legitimate and trustworthy business.