Scammers targeting folks through ‘free’ roof inspections

The city of Waukee says many residents have reported calls from roof repair companies that offer free inspections. This is what the BBB wants you to pay attention to.

WAUKEE, Iowa — A Facebook Post from the City of Waukee Tuesday says residents reported receiving calls from roof repair companies offering free inspections, but those calls were likely scammers.

The Better Business Bureau says roofing scams are becoming more common as the warmer weather and summer storms settle. In March, the… BBB reported it had already received reports of shady “free” roof inspections.

The scam is simple: someone can get a call or see someone claiming to represent a roofing company standing on their doorstep. According to recent reports, scammers often use the name of the state plus “roofing” or “construction” as their business name.

The private individual then offers a free inspection, but why?

The BBB says the person can claim that their company is working on a neighbor’s house and offering inspections to those nearby. However, if a homeowner asks questions about where the business is located, the answers may be vague, or if a homeowner is on the phone, the caller may just hang up.

Once a person accepts the free inspection, the “Inspector” will appear. If they don’t find enough wear and tear to earn a whole new roof, they can fabricate it by ripping shingles to mimic damage, according to the BBB.

So how should people avoid these types of scams?

The BBB says the following are the key points to pay attention to:

  • Beware of unsolicited offers
  • Have your insurance company inspect your roof
  • Research Roofing Companies Before Hiring

More information can be found on the website of the BBB by clicking/tapping here.

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