Thu May 5, 2011

Roofing Scams in Colorado a Problem, Judgment Against One Company Announced

Each year hundreds of Coloradans are taken by roofing and home repair scams, especially after severe weather events.  A large judgment has been issued against one company that defrauded homeowners.

A Denver District Court Judge ordered the former president of Claim Specialists International to pay more than $6.5 million.  Some of that will go toward restitution for homeowners in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas that were scammed by the company.  The Colorado attorney general’s office says these types of scams are widespread.

We always caution consumers, do not do business with somebody that pitches you door to door,” says Attorney General Spokesman Mike Saccone, adding that high-pressure door to door sales pitches are likely to be scams. 

“Often, these individuals are either trying to gain access to your home for a free inspection where they will inevitably find something wrong, or they could be scoping your house out for a possible burglary” says Saccone.

He says it’s best to avoid doing home repair business with door to door solicitors.  Attorney General John Suthers says the Judgment against Claim Specialist International is a victory not only for homeowners Denver and Colorado Springs, but for all Coloradans. 

“My office is committed to sending these types of scam artists packing, adding that the judgment underlines that home-repair scammers should feel anything but at home in the state of Colorado,” says Suthers.

Consumers who encounter door-to-door scams should report them to their local police or sheriff’s department and their local district attorney’s office.  Consumers can also file complaints with the Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-222-4444 or www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint

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