Police warn public to be wary of home maintenance cold call scam

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Police have warned the public to be wary of scammers offering maintenance work - often roofing - who are overcharging for incomplete or poor work.

They are appealing to the public to contact police if they have been victim of a home maintenance scam in recent weeks.

That scam was perpetrated by a group, infamously dubbed the 'unruly tourists', who hoodwinked victims into paying thousands of dollars after convincing them they required roof repairs.

At this stage police believe the offending may be occurring in parts of Auckland but they could not rule out other regions as well.

Acting Superintendent Dave Glossop said police had recently been made aware that there may be small groups of individuals committing these sorts of scams.

"Typically in these sorts of scams these individuals will cold call homeowners offering to do maintenance work on parts of the house, often roofing," he said.

"In some cases, victims could be overcharged for work that is either never completed or is poorly executed."

Glossop said reporting these sorts of incidents were important so that police can investigate and hold any offenders to account.

"Falling victim to these sorts of scams can be upsetting and potentially embarrassing for those involved. However, reporting them is crucial so others don't fall victim too," he said.

"As the saying goes: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

"Our advice in these sorts of situations is to be vigilant; don't engage with these sort of cold calls and never hand over any money."

  • Police want anyone who may have been a victim to phone 105 and report it. Residents can also report suspicious activity in their neighbourhood by phoning police on 111 immediately.