Date/Time of Release: 05/12/2011 - 09:00
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: Contractor and Landscaping Fraud
Date/Time of Incident: 05/12/2011 - 00:00
Incident Location: Roseburg and surrounding areas
Case Number: NA
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents to be careful of home improvement scams. There have been a number of recent reports within Douglas County’s residential neighborhoods of various “service professional” scam artists who approach homeowners, usually elderly homeowners, and offer them a “deal” on roofing, driveway paving, landscaping, and general contracting work.
Typically these scams involve contractors going door to door and either require payment up front and then do not do the work, or do a poor job and overcharge when the work is completed.
We would also like to remind you to be aware of who you let have access to your home. We have had reports in the past of burglaries that have occurred after or during a home improvement project.
Tips to avoid contractor fraud:
• Don’t do business with unsolicited landscapers or contractors that come to your door looking for work.
• Don’t do business on the spot. Get several estimates, references and compare before you hire someone do your home improvement project.
• Contractors should always be able to prove that they have a contractor’s license and insurance.
• Don’t be pressured by a limited time offer or “fantastic deal”.
• Don’t give money up front.
• Read contracts closely, sign them and get a copy of a signed contract before the work is performed.
• Avoid letting the workers have access into your home or garage.
Before you hire anyone to do work on your property, check the Oregon State Contractor’s Board to make sure they are licensed and bonded. You can call them at (503) 378-4621 or check online at www.oregon.gov/CCB. To check landscaping businesses call (503) 967-6291 or check online at www.oregon.gov/LCB.
If a door-to-door salesperson ever pressures you, intimidates you or makes you feel uncomfortable, lock your door and call police. Obtain as much information about the solicitor such as personal description, vehicle description and license plate.