MELROSE — The Melrose Police Division is warning residents to watch out for chimney sweep scams after two metropolis residents have been approached by would-be scammers not too long ago.
House enchancment scams similar to these which declare householders want chimney repairs, typically prey on the aged, initially providing low costs for work, however then rising the costs because the scammers declare to seek out extra work that must be executed. As soon as householders decline to pay up entrance for more and more costly work, the scammers typically disappear and depart work they began unfinished.
The Melrose Police Division needs to share the next ideas relating to residence enchancment contractor scams from the Workplace of Client Affairs and Enterprise Regulation:
- Scammers typically method potential victims for residence enchancment scams by telephone, e mail or by touring door-to-door, and should declare they’ve been performing work regionally and have surplus materials.
- Scammers often provide their providers at a really low worth.
- Examine to ensure the contractor is registered with the Workplace of Client Affairs and Enterprise Regulation by utilizing their residence enchancment contractor registration lookup service. Request a enterprise card or web site tackle for the contractor’s enterprise.
- Be cautious if the person is driving an unmarked motorized vehicle.
- Request a replica of the corporate’s customary contract.
- Study the place the corporate relies out of, whether or not they’re an area enterprise and confirm a minimal of three references.
- Inquire about whether or not the corporate will present a guaranty and the way lengthy that guarantee will final.
- Stay cautious if a extreme climate occasion has simply occurred. Scammers typically take extreme climate storms as a chance to focus on potential victims for residence enchancment scams.
- By no means pay greater than one-third the entire price of a service upfront, in money, and solely accomplish that after you have verified that this individual is a registered residence enchancment contractor and you’ve got a contract.
- The Higher Enterprise Bureau (BBB) can confirm whether or not the corporate is a member, and the BBB, in addition to the Workplace of the Lawyer Common, may inform you if there have been complaints filed in opposition to the corporate.
The Melrose Police Division is actively investigating these incidents. Anybody who believes these suspects are of their neighborhood or who has details about these incidents is inspired to contact the Melrose Police Division at 781-665-1212.