Fayetteville Police Issue Warning About Fraudulent Repairs

01/29/2009

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today citizens should make informed decisions when choosing companies to make storm related repairs.

Fayetteville has been hit especially hard with storm damage in the past two days.  Power lines and trees have fallen causing damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles.  Storms of this magnitude often bring work crews to town, soliciting for work providing clean-up and repairs.  Unfortunately, not all repairmen prove to be honest.  Citizens should choose carefully when deciding to pay for repairs.  The police department offers the following suggestions to consider when selecting a repairman or company:

  • Comparison shop.  Don’t accept the first quote you are given, and try to avoid ��drive-by�� offers from door-to-door solicitors.
  • Deal with reputable firms.  Research the company.  Can they be found in the phone book? How long has the company been in business?
  • Ask for references.  Check the references. 
  • Ask if the company is licensed, bonded and insured.  Ask to see a certificate of insurance. 
  • Put your agreement in writing.  Be specific.
  • Ask for a guarantee or warranty; get it in writing. 
  • Don’t pay in advance. 

The police department suggests being watchful for the following warning signs you might observe from repairmen or companies:

  • When they contact you first come to your home uninvited or contact you by telephone.
  • When they tell you the repairs are needed immediately.
  • When they talk too fast to confuse youand pressure you to sign papers today.
  • When they tell you they are doing work in your neighborhood and claim they have extra materials left from another job.
  • When they offer to use your home as a display homeor offer a discounted price or discounts for referrals, but only if you buy today!
  • When they tell you something too good to be true.

If you suspect being the victim of fraud, call your local police department.  If you live in Fayetteville, you can call the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.