Have you been the victim of a roofing scam?
The Barrie Police Service has charged a 53-year-old Innisfil man with fraud after receiving multiple reports of advertisements for roofing services from RJ at The Perfect Roof on online marketing sites. Once the unsuspecting home owner paid a deposit and the work was barely started, the suspect disappeared with the money, along with the homeowners hope for a new roof. After trying to contact the suspect to arrange for the work to be completed, the homeowner discovered the address and company name provided don’t exist.
Barrie Police believe there may be more victims in the community, so if this situation sounds familiar, contact Constable P. Matte of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2557 or [email protected]. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at p3tips.com.
For more information on how to protect yourself when hiring a roofer, visit the Government of Ontario Consumer Protection page at Ontario.ca/page/hiring-roofer for tips on how to research contractors, spot a scam, and file a complaint.