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Re: Roofing Scam

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TomH in PA

10-25-2013 23:05:41

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No inconsistency here; this has nothing to do with free enterprise or individual freedoms. This is criminal activity.

Unlikely the guy was a con artist though. The offer to replace the roof for $20K was his way of getting told to leave and not come back. He needed an invitation to leave because he wasn't there to sell a new roof.

Did he talk with a very thick accent, stutter, or other speech impediment? They use that to keep you off balance while they BS you. Best way to counter that is to pretend you're deaf and make him keep repeating what he's saying so you have time to think it over. But walk around the house first to make sure the doors and windows are secured. Chances are good there was a second guy hiding somewhere, the one on the roof was a lookout

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10-25-2013 23:25:04

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 Re: Roofing Scam in reply to TomH in PA, 10-25-2013 23:05:41  
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Tom they have had this "home repair" scam going on for quite some time. Lot of time the homeowner hasn't been on the roof and has no real idea of the condition. They show up uninvited, unannounced and tell you your roof is in bad shape and that they can protect you and your house, if pay up front and I'll be here in X number of days with the crew. Unsuspecting homeowner falls for it, writes a check which is promptly cashed and the "con-tractor" disappears, never to be seen again. They worked that scam up here a few years ago. Got 2-3 people, mostly elderly to sign a check and fake contract and were gone.


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