Don't get caught on hook in meat-selling scam

Posted at 2:42 AM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 02:42:13-04

COVINGTON, Ky. –  Residents are warning about meat salesmen driving through their neighborhoods and offering good prices. Beware, they say, because it could cost you an arm and a leg.

 “The worst thing that I’ve ever had happen," said James Werfelman.

Werfelman said he bought from one of the salesmen and wound up with multiple charges on his credit card.

"Don’t use your credit card," Werfelman warned. "If you do, eventually you’ll start seeing these weird charges and you have to dispute them. It’s crazy.”

Neighbors fear the salesmen are just looking for an opportunity to steal your personal information or even property.

Covington police say investigators are looking into these scamming claims, but no official crime reports have been made.

"If anyone pulls up in a plain car, truck or van, don’t get from them,” Werfelman said.

The most recent spotting:  a black Ford pickup.

Other meat salesmen go door-to-door, and it can be hard to tell who's legit.   

Police say a good indicator is a city occupational license. Door-to-door salesmen must have a license to legally operate in the city.

It’s always a good idea to keep your doors and windows locked. And if you happen to spot a sales scam, report it.