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MBPD: Homeowners say they were scammed by roof repairman

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – On Monday, two next-door neighbors in a Myrtle Beach community filed police reports and told officers they were scammed by a roof contractor who didn’t deliver his services.

The police report said the neighbors, who live on Kings Road, told officers the man promised to repair their roofs when they wrote him checks, but that neither of them saw or heard from him after. The police reports showed one victim said he paid the man on October 29, the other November 1.

In both cases, the reports outlined what happened: the contractor stopped by the victims' homes to give estimates on roof repairs. One victim paid $400, and the other paid $275, up front, as partial payments.

"I would always say it is kind of a red flag if someone requires 50 percent or more at the signing of the contract," Kelly Wysienski, Sales Representative for Contract Exteriors said. As of Monday, the two victims said they hadn’t seen any work done, and that they weren’t able to reach the contractor at his phone number.

One of the victims is 77, the other is 81. According to Wysienski, it’s not an uncommon situation. "We do strongly encourage checking the Better Business Bureau, you want to make sure they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau."

The situation is an example of why the BBB and local law enforcement regularly warn of scams, particularly those that target the elderly.

"Red flags are typically anyone who provides you with a handwritten proposal, anything that's not detailed," Wysienski said. Homeowners looking to have work done on their house should exercise due diligence to make sure it's all legitimate.

"A lot of people reach out to us because they've realized after this first mistake that they've made, they have to do that research,”
according to Wysienski. “When someone takes your money and runs, you're never going to get that money back."

Another red flag is if a contractor has P.O. Box but not a physical address, doesn't have a website, and nowhere to show examples
of their work.

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