Increase in home maintenance scams

Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant. File Photo.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant as reports of a home maintenance scam increase.

“The reports relate to victims being overcharged for work, often roofing, that is either never completed or is poorly executed,” says Senior Sergeant Anthony Hay, Eastern Bay of Plenty Prevention Manager.

Police are aware of an individual in Whakatane which appears to be targeting older and more vulnerable people.

Getting victims to pay a 50 per cent deposit claiming they will buy their paint at trade prices.

They go on to waterblast the house, but never return to complete the paint work, pocketing the money.

Reporting these incidents are important so Police can investigate and work to prevent further incidents occurring.

Senior Sergeant Hay says: “Falling victim to these sorts of scams can be upsetting and potentially embarrassing for those involved, however reporting them is crucial so others don’t fall victim too.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“Police ask members of the public to be vigilant; don’t hand over any money without verifying the person/company and if you do fall victim contact Police as soon as possible,” he says.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have been a victim to report it through the 105 number.

Residents can also report suspicious activity in their neighbourhood by calling Police on 111 if it happening now.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

-Bay of Plenty and Taupō Police


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