Beware of home repair scams

Police are warning the public to beware of the home repair scam.

Yesterday, a man attended an elderly couple’s residence in Chatham asking to be paid for home repairs that he completed the previous day.  The man claimed that he replaced a roof vent Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. When the homeowners became suspicious and refused to pay him, the man fled on foot.   He was described as a white man, approximately 5’10” with a stalky build and short brown hair.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service remind residents to:

–       Be wary of anyone offering a deal too good to be true

–       Never hand over a cash deposit on the spot to anyone you don’t know – con artists will take the money and run

–       If your home really is in need of repairs, get several estimates before making a decision

–       Research the company offering to do any repairs before you sign a contract or agree to have any work done

–       Don’t feel pressured to sign a contract.  If they insist on an immediate decision they are probably not trustworthy

For more information on home repair scams, see https://www.ontario.ca/faq/what-are-some-common-home-renovation-scams

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