FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- Flagler Sheriff Donald W. Fleming is cautioning residents to beware of con artists defrauding homeowners.
"We have individuals that approach residents, especially targeting the elderly, who offer to do repairs at prices they claim are below market value," Sheriff Fleming said. "In one instance, an elderly gentleman paid a fake repairman more than $10,000 to fix an electrical problem. After he gave him the check, he never saw him again."
The release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office also details an instance of fraud in Palm Coast. A homeowner there contracted for modification to a pool. After the homeowner wrote checks totaling more than $2,000 but still had not had any work completed they contacted they sheriff's office.
Sheriff Fleming also wants to warn residents the con artists might not be strangers.
"One victim knew the contractor because he is a local resident. We have investigations on-going in all of these fraud reports, but residents need to protect themselves," said Sheriff Fleming.
If you are having repairs done, or if someone approaches you about doing repairs, you should always ask to see a license issued by the state, county or city.
You should also be sure your contractor is insured and ask them for a contract. Make sure the contract has the person's contact information in case you need to reach them.
Unlicensed contractors may face charges of grand theft depending on the amount of money taken from the homeowner, Sheriff Fleming said.
Sheriff Fleming says, "If you're suspicious, call us. We are here to answer your questions."
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Flagler County Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911.
Consumers may also contact the Florida Department of Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395, or visit their website, to verity active contractor licenses.
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