Police warn of common contractor scams this time of year

The Trumbull Police are warning residents of chimney cleaning and driveway repair scams that occur this time of year.

“Often times the elderly are targeted and charged exorbitant prices for minor repairs to their chimney’s or driveways,” police said in a release. “A common tactic is for repair crews to make a phone call to the resident claiming to be in the area or they were driving through the neighborhood. To induce the homeowner they sometimes will offer a discount or reduced price however this is off an already inflated estimate.”

Police say the phony contractors may claim to have leftover materials from another job and their vehicles are usually unmarked. Poor workmanship and failure to perform the repairs cited in the contract are also common issues that arise.
Residents are urged to hire only reputable companies that are registered home improvement contractors with the Department of Consumer Protection at 860-713-6110 or www.ct.gov/dcp. Company ratings are also available through the Better Business Bureau.

Don’t hire contractors who show up uninvite, police warn and choose instead local contractors that have established reputations in the community.

Ensure all warranties are in writing and the contract complies with the requirements posted on the Department of Consumer Protection website.

If residents feel they are being pressured to have work done or a contractor does not appear to be reputable they are further urged to contact the Trumbull Police Department.