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Scam where “customer” needs renovations on a home they do not own is common

They need electrical work done on a house they are buying but haven't got the money to close the deal, is one version of the scam


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July 10, 2018 by canadiancontractor

Last week, we posted about an Edmonton contractor who was asked for an estimate on a renovation that turned out to be a scam. The so-called “home owner” didn’t even own the property that the contractor was invited to quote on.

Here is a comment from Mike Essiambre, Doctor Electric

I get calls all the time like this. Customer says they are buying a house that needs electrical work – $10,000 to $15,000 worth – but they they need some money to close the deal. There are all kinds of scammers out there. I have see it all from the good, then the bad, then the ugly. A word to all: be careful who you hire and do your homework – ask a friend, try the Better Business Bureau or check on internet. It is that easy.


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