CROMWELL, CT — With warmer weather and summer storms on the horizon, roofing scams become more common. This spring, BBB Scam Tracker
is already receiving reports of shady “free” roof inspections. Homeowners should be on the lookout for these cons.
How the Scam Works
You receive a call or a person shows up at the door claiming to represent a roofing company. According to recent Scam Tracker
reports, con artists often use the name of the state plus “Roofing” or “Construction” as their business name.
The “roofer” offers a free inspection. Why, you ask? The person may claim that their company is working on a neighbor’s home and is offering inspections to those living nearby. But if you ask questions about where the business is located or how their services work, you’ll most likely be met with vague answers, or, if you are speaking on the phone, they may simply hang up.
You accept the free inspection, and the “inspector” shows up at your house. If they don’t find enough wear and tear to merit a whole new roof, they may fabricate it, by tearing off shingles to mimic wind damage. Or they may simply show you pictures of someone else’s damaged roof. Be wary of hiring this company! Do your own research first. Repairs done by businesses that are dishonest from the get-go are often shoddy and may not be up to par.
One Stratford woman says what started as an offer to clean her gutters for $50 turned into a shoddy $5,000 roof repair.
“They put the fear of God in me, and it worked,” she told Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut.
The woman said she’d hired handymen this way before and had a positive experience. This time, it was different.
“They didn’t do what they put in writing that they were going to do,” she explained.
Soon, she says the scammers were pressuring her to give them $40,000 to replace the entire roof. She reported the scam to BBB’s Scam Tracker
and filed a complaint with Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.