For the second time this week, Arlington police charged a person for scamming a resident utilizing a standard house enchancment scheme.
Jack Clarke, 23, of Boston, was charged with larceny by false pretenses over $1,200, malicious destruction of property over $1,200, conspiracy, and unlicensed operation of a motorcar.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, Arlington police have been contacted by a resident who believed he was the sufferer of a house enchancment rip-off, Arlington police stated in a information launch Wednesday.
The sufferer instructed police that two males, one in all whom was later recognized as Clarke, quoted him $14,500 to color his basement. When the lads began their work on the sufferer’s basement, they allegedly destroyed a part of the basement basis after which satisfied the sufferer to pay them $68,000 for repairs, police stated.
On this case, the suspects offered the sufferer with what seemed to be a enterprise contract. Pretend enterprise contracts will help scammers appear to be a official firm, police stated.
The sufferer finally wrote a number of checks for a portion of the complete quantity. These checks have been allegedly cashed by Clarke, police stated.
On Jan. 17, the sufferer alerted police that Clarke had returned to the sufferer’s house to gather instruments and different supplies he left within the sufferer’s basement. Police have been then capable of positively establish Clarke because the scammer and positioned him below arrest, police stated.
By their investigation, police stated, they discovered that Clarke was additionally allegedly driving with no license.
Clarke was arraigned in Cambridge District Courtroom on Tuesday and launched on private recognizance bail.
On Friday, Arlington police arrested three males for utilizing the identical rip-off on an aged resident.
Arlington police say that the rip-off utilized in each instances is a standard rip-off for which the aged are sometimes focused.
Sometimes, a scammer will discover a house in want of restore and provide the home-owner a really low worth to repair the difficulty. Then, the scammer will injury the house and quote the home-owner a a lot larger worth.
The scammer finishes by convincing the goal to pay for the brand new repairs upfront, promising to finish the work later, however doesn’t return to restore the house.
Suggestions for avoiding scams:
- Scammers might method potential victims for house enchancment scams by cellphone, e mail, or door-to-door
- Scammers typically quote potential victims unreasonably low costs for the companies they’re providing
- Examine to verify the contractor is registered with the Workplace of Client Affairs and Enterprise Regulation through the use of its house enchancment contractor registration search for service
- Be cautious if the person is driving an unmarked automotive
- All the time request a replica of the contractor’s normal contract
- Ask whether or not the contractor will present a guaranty and the way lengthy that guarantee will final
- Scammers might declare they’ve been performing work regionally and have surplus materials
- All the time request a enterprise card or web site for the contractor’s enterprise
- By no means pay greater than one-third of the whole value of service upfront, and solely achieve this upon getting verified that this particular person is a registered house enchancment contractor and you’ve got a contract
Anybody who thinks they might have fallen sufferer to any kind of rip-off is inspired to contact the Arlington Police Division at 781-643-1212, or contact their native police division.
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