Summer Scams

Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:29 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department wants to remind the public to be aware of possible scams that arrive in our community with the advent of summer.

With the nicer weather, people spend considerably more time working outside on summer projects and the seasonal maintenance of their homes and property.  While there are numerous members of our community that provide services related to construction, landscaping, clean up etc. there are also predatory groups that conceal themselves in this population and attempt to take advantage of members of our community. 

A recent example is a paving scam where the perpetrators will contact people at their homes and attempt to make a “good deal” on left over asphalt from a job nearby.  These people will then over charge for poor work or collect payment and never complete the job they agree to.   SPD has already had contact with one of these groups.  Some of these groups are not local and in some cases travel from across the country.

Some helpful hints: Ask for references and check to see if the company is licensed and bonded.  Check with the better business bureau.  Ask detailed questions about the work to be done and make sure to agree upon a price prior to the work being started, and if in doubt, get a written work order of the agreement.

If you fall victim to one of these scams please notify the Police Department through crime check at 456-2233. 

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