A Weston woman—a widow and senior citizen—says she has been scammed out of more than $30,000 by men pretending to be contractors.
The men offered to fix her driveway and a leak in her basement. They began work, excavating around the foundation, and claimed that ever more work needed to be done. They then asked for increasing payments, in cash. After the final payment, they fled, leaving the work very incomplete. The woman now requires a second contractor to come and finish the job.
The contractors and modus operandi fit the description of a fraud being perpetrated across the city.
- Seniors are solicited by door-to-door salesmen offering to fix the driveway and basement
- Work is begun and ever-increasing payments are required for work that doesn’t need to be done
- They ask for cash and will even walk the victims to the ATM
The first suspect is described as white, five-foot-10, with short dark hair and a medium build. The suspect had a “heavy Scottish accent.”
The second suspect is described as white, five-foot-10, with fair skin, an athletic build and blue eyes. The suspect also had a “heavy Scottish accent.”
The last suspect is also described as white, five-foot-10, in his late thirties, with dark short hair and a muscular build.
Some tips to avoid being scammed:
- Only hire licensed contractors
- Do not accept work solicited at your door
- Get multiple estimates on paper
- Obtain referrals
- Do not pay in cash, and never pay upfront