Home Improvement Scams
Home Improvement Scams
Mason District Police Station
Summer of 2012
Now that the warm weather has arrived fraud scams are prevalent in Fairfax County. Citizens should be aware of individuals performing home improvement type scams, which could include landscaping and/or roof work. They are targeting, but not limited to, the senior adults in Fairfax County who can be more vulnerable victims. These individuals are coming into the neighborhoods and knocking on doors trying to solicit work here in Fairfax County. They either do not perform the work promised, use poor or illegitimate equipment, or overcharge the resident for services. Sometimes the individuals do appear legitimate but many times they are not. They often do not have any solicitor’s license to allow them to ask for work, or a business license to perform the work. Anyone who comes to your door to solicit a service is required to have a valid Fairfax County Solicitor’s License. If they do not it is punishable as a crime.
Fairfax County Police are targeting these groups of individuals in the hopes of preventing the citizens of Fairfax County from being scammed out of money and valuables. Police are targeting repeat offenders and looking into new suspects. Police are finding citizens that have become victims of these individuals and scammed out of money.
Recently a landscaping truck was observed traveling on a major road in Fairfax County. The company had a pickup truck labeled with the company name. It had an attached wood chipper. The company was advertised on the truck as being licensed and insured. Police followed the pickup and observed the occupants knocking on several doors in Fairfax County trying to solicit work. Once the individuals were stopped it was determined that they did not have any license to solicit work, nor did they have a license to perform work in Fairfax County.
Remember these individuals can appear very nice and concerned about you. They can try to be helpful and are very good talkers. They can appear legitimate and provide business cards stating they are licensed and insured. They will do “free estimates” and then state a high dollar amount for little work.
Fairfax County Police is asking for your help in calling in any suspicious individuals of landscaping/roofing companies that you see in the area, especially if they are soliciting door to door for work. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam please contact the police to make a report. Please report anything suspicious to the Fairfax County Police at the following numbers: Emergencies dial 9-1-1, Non-Emergencies dial 703-691-2131.
Read these brochures for additional tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.