The New Brunswick RCMP is warning homeowners to be aware of scams involving home renovations in Charlotte County.
Since September 2021, the West District RCMP has received at least 15 complaints of homeowners who reported being defrauded when trying to contract work for projects such as roofing repairs and window replacements. The homeowners reported paying thousands of dollars up front for work that was never completed or even started. In at least one case, the homeowner lost more than 100-thousand dollars.
"We have received a lot of reports from Grand Manan, as well as St. George and St. Stephen," says Cpl. Jayson Hansen of the West District RCMP. "We want homeowners to be on alert for this scam so they don't fall victim to it. Be skeptical and make sure you are dealing with a reputable company – especially if you are being asked to pay large sums of money up front."
Police are also investigating reports of suppliers and other supporting businesses who were paid with cheques with insufficient funds. Investigators are working to determine whether the incidents are all related.
"If you have lost money to a similar scam in recent months, we need you to call police to help our investigation," says Cpl. Hansen. "If you were approached by a suspected scam but did not lose money, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to help track and create awareness about current scams that are circulating."
Anyone who fell victim to a construction-related scam in Charlotte County in the past three to six months is asked to call the New Brunswick RCMP`s non-emergency line at 1-888-506-RCMP (1-888-506-7267). Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.
The investigation is ongoing.