Saturday, April 22, 2017
Phony contractors are scamming the elderly
From CBS 2:
Con artists appear to be targeting elderly homeowners in sections of Queens.
The suspects convince people to get roof repairs and pay in cash — only later do residents learn the work is sub-standard.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, police in Middle Village posted signs warning residents of a door-to-door scam.
Police said sometimes, scam artists steal the identities of legitimate roofers, making them difficult to track down. They said they need neighbors to help spread the word and help them stop the scam with tips to avoid getting conned.
The warnings posted on trees and power poles are a heads up for homeowners to ignore anyone knocking on doors offering roof repairs or other fix it jobs.
Tip offs that the workers are not legit include vehicles with out of state plates and demanding cash payments for the work.
Another scam involves awning repairs. Con artists get money up front for the work, but never return.