Beware of the tradesmen who suddenly show up at your door, Langley RCMP are warning local seniors.
Another in a long list of similar scams has surfaced, said Cpl. Holly Marks.
In this case, a man has been attending local housing complexes and strata units, saying he’s a ventilation and duct cleaner, and pressuring the resident to allow him inside to clean the ducts.
He often suggests he’s been hired by the local strata council, Marks said.
Once the work is completed, he demands payment, and should the owner refuse, he can become confrontational and threatening, said Marks.
While the police have heard complaints, no charges have been laid.
Police are asking residents to not let this man, or any other suspect “tradesman” who turns up without an appointment, into their homes.
The man who has been cleaning ducts in Langley and other nearby communities is described as in his early 40s, standing 5’8” and weighing 200 pounds, balding and with brown eyes.
The most important tip for Langley residents is to not allow unknown persons into your home, Marks said.
After that, there are a few other ways to protect yourself:
- Determine the employer or company and contact them to confirm the person at the door is, in fact, representing their agency (look up the number yourself – don’t let the tradesperson give you a phone number to call)
- Require he or she produce identification and certification of training in hi or her particular trade
- Require he or she provide references to the quality of their work (any reputable company would be happy to provide references)
- Contact the references
- Attend to inspect previous work
- Require the tradesperson provide a detailed estimate in writing & obtain several estimates and compare prior to selecting one trades person
- Do not pay for services in advance
- If a deposit is required, work out a payment schedule in writing
- Contact the Better Business Bureau to validate the company name and confirm they are a company in good standing.