- Tuesday May 29th, 2012 :: 10:37 a.m. EDT
Recent Contractor Scams:
May 29, 2012, Recent Contractor Scams - The York Area Regional Police Department have received numberous reports of roofing scams in our area and would like everyone to beware of persons who approach unsolicited for any type of home improvement job or purchasing opportunity.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when someone comes to your door:
1.) DO NOT let anyone in your house, unless you are completely confident the person is legitimate (reason: theft).
2.) DO NOT go outside your house with the contractor/salesperson (reason: diversion burglary)
3.) DO NOT give anyone money for any work not started without a contract (reason: again theft)
Here are are some tell-tale signs to look for to detect a scam. (Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General "A Comsumer Refererence Guide for Seniors)"
1.) Cash Only: Cash, money orders or wire transfers should not be required for transactions. You should be able to use a check or credit card.
2.) Secret Plans: No one should ask or instruct you not to tell anyone about the transaction.
3.) Get Rich Quick: Any scheme should be carefully investigated.
4.) Something for Nothing: You will usually end up with nothing
5.) Haste: Be wary of any pressure to "act immediately or lose out." If something is worthwhile today, it's likely to be available tomorrow.
6.) Too Good to be True: Such a scheme is probably neither good nor true.
7.) Last Chance: If it is a chance worth taking, it should not be such a short notice that you cannot research it.
8.) Left-over Material: Left-over materials may be stolen or defective.
Please look out for eachother and call 911 if anyone attempts to scam you or your neighbors!
York Area Regional Police Department
33 Oak St
York, PA 17402