Handyman scam

Oceanside

2017-05-30 08:00 PDT

File # 2017-4481

This spring, unfortunately door-to-door handyman scams will increase. There are some reputable door-to-door handymen, but you need to be aware of fraudsters trying to take advantage of you. They may offer to fix your roof, clean your gutters, or other odd jobs. They may tell you they are working in your neighbourhood and could even use a neighbours name to try to gain your trust. They may try to entice you by saying they have left over materials from another job, and therefore, can offer you an amazing deal!

On May 29 a local resident informed the RCMP that a man had come to her home and offered to help her take care of an ant problem. He insisted on receiving cash ($110) in order to start the job. He then left to get supplies and never returned.

Your best defense against being scammed is to never allow unsolicited handymen into your home. Reputable roofers, handymen, security companies, etc., generally do not go door-to-door. Consider asking a neighbour or someone you trust who they use for maintenance and get them to share their contacts.

If you feel threatened or suspicious about a door-to-door handyman, contact the Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111
 

Released by

Cpl. Jesse Foreman

NCO i/c Community Policing
Oceanside RCMP
oceanside.bc.rcmp.ca
727 West Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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