Kingston Police warn of recent local roofing scam

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Kingston Police have issued a warning to the public advising of a roofing scam which affected a resident of Victoria Street earlier this year.

According to a release from Kingston Police, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, the victim, who was a senior residing in the 200 block of Victoria Street, was approached by a work crew who claimed to be in the area completing roofing repairs.

Police said that these individuals indicated that the victim’s roof looked like it was in need of repair. The crew reportedly climbed up onto the victim’s roof and proceeded to take off some of the eavestroughs. They then provided the victim with an estimate for materials and labour, totaling $7,500.

“The victim paid these individuals in cash after attending the bank,” police said. “The elderly victim started feeling suspicious about the transaction and attempted to cancel the work order the following day. The scammer indicated that he had already ordered materials and would come by to return the victim’s money at his residence on March 1. The scammer never did return to provide a refund to the victim.”

Kingston Police are warning other potential victims in the community of this scam and reminding members of the public to never provide full payment for an incomplete repair upfront. They also said that it is always best practice to check the references of potential repair companies, by request or online, especially when they attend a home unsolicited. Kingston Police hopes that anyone who has had a similar incident can possibly describe the scammer, crew, or any vehicles that may have been involved.  

Anyone with information in regards to this scam or who may have doorbell/security camera footage of the suspects or their vehicle, from the original date of the incident, is asked to please contact Detective Craig Boyce at 613-549-4660 ext. 6246 or via email at [email protected].

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