Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Contractor Fraud Awareness
Report Number:
Public Notifcation    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Contractor Fraud Awareness
Location:
Mendocino County
When: Date: 07/17/2013 Time: 1800 Hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 07/17/2013, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible fictitious building contractor soliciting business within Mendocino County. Based on the findings of that report, the Sheriff’s Office is issuing the following information for public awareness and to assist property owners in identifying building contractor scams.

Indicators you should look for that might suggest you are being scammed.

-The contractor arrives unannounced at your home soliciting business.
-The contractor wants you to hire them on the spot.
-The contractor is trying to pressure you to make a decision.
-The contractor tells you they need the money up front or asks for some
form of pre-payment in cash.
-The contractor tells you a building permit and/or contract will not be needed.

Always do your own investigating and research before hiring a contractor.

- Ask for the contractor’s business card. Does it contain the company’s name, a physical address, a contractor’s license number and a telephone number. A red flag should go up if any of this information is missing and/or inaccurate.
- Ask for a copy of the contractor’s liability and worker’s compensation insurance policies. Every contractor has to carry liability insurance and also worker’s compensation insurance if they have employees.
- Ask for references from past customers and from different time periods.
- You can verify the contractor’s licensing information and learn more at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/ or by calling (800) 321-2752.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani