It doesn't look to me like the girl and her family in this article thought they would get anything for free. She was to house-sit for two weeks and pay painters. Doesn't sound to me like she was expecting something for nothing.
I received a scam letter recently with a large check in it. Supposedly I'd won a sweepstakes in Canada, and to get the money I had to pay Canadian tax. The check was to cover the tax. Now that was a something for nothing scam.
Times have always been scary. Technology just helps these thugs look more realistic.
Allfiredup, also who is to say that they are not careful enough to make sure that the number on the back of their card is routed to someone involved in the scheme to verify the information. If my door is kicked in with no probable cause they would be scattered all over the lawn.
So, let me see if I got this right. If/when someone who looks like a police officer is standing at my door, I'm supposed to ask them to show me their ID card so I can call a number on the back to verify they are who they say they are? If...I'm suspiciious of them?
Whoa...anyone who is brazen enough to pose as an officer of the law, maybe/most likely wearing a gun, would probably kick in my door if they wanted access.
These are scary times folks....scary times indeed.
If you want something for free then look in the "For Free" ads in this news paper.
The old adage still holds true, "You can't get something for nothing"