Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Police issue warning about home repair scams

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege: 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 would like to 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, please see

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