RCMP encourages Islanders to be scam smart

Sathia Kumar

RCMP have received several complaints from homeowners recently who suspect their snow removal and roofing contractors have scammed them.

“Doing research before doling out any money can help save a lot of problems down the road,” says Cst. Gavin Moore, Media Relations Officer for the PEI RCMP.

If you’re planning on engaging a contractor, check their reputation and customer service rating. Ask yourself the following questions before making a hire:

  • Is the price too good to be true?
  • How long have they been in business and what’s their work history?
  • Do they have the credentials to do the job?
  • Do they have the required equipment, insurance and permits?
  • Have you checked references?

Here are other tips to lessen the chances of being scammed:

  • Get all agreements, including quotes, contracts and invoices, in writing – and keep everything.
  • Know what you’re paying for, and remember that using cash doesn’t give you a permanent record.
  • If a deposit is required, ask why – and don’t hand over more than you’re comfortable with, in the event you don’t get the deposit back.
  • Ask how the refund process works.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, contact your nearest RCMP detachment or local police to file a report.

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