2018-04-04 / Front Page

Beware Springtime Home Repair Scammers

By Liz Goff
Police in western Queens are warning homeowners to remain alert to con artists who pose as home repair contractors each springtime to steal their cash and valuables.

Cops believe the fake contractors are members of the infamous “Irish Travelers” family of con artists who show up in neighborhoods each spring and pose as contractors to target unsuspecting homeowners.

The scammers show up each spring and approach homeowners, saying they spotted serious damage on the victim’s roof while working on a neighbor’s home, police said. They convince the victim to hire them and use a series of visual scams to make it appear they have replaced loose or missing roof shingles, police said.

Police at precincts throughout western Queens are reaching out to community groups, civic organizations and senior centers, urging them to warn homeowners, particularly seniors, to remain alert and call 911 if the scammers approach them about emergency home improvement repairs.

Queens police officials are also urging the public to contact the Crime Prevention Officer at their local precinct for tips on how to avoid being targeted by scam artists.

Anyone with information on the home repair scammers is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.





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