Reports claim that police are trying to investigate a suspected home remodeling scam that occurred in Campbell. A man attempted to gain access into a Porter Avenue home on Monday morning, which tipped off people in the area that something was wrong. Shortly prior to 9 am on Monday, a man came to the front door of the residence. When the door was answered by a woman living there, the man claimed that her husband had requested an estimate on remodeling the home’s bathroom. The woman said she knew nothing about the claim.
The man is described as being a white male in his mid-30s. He was dressed in work clothes and seemed to be wearing suitable clothing for his claims. However, the woman told the man that her husband was not home at the time and that he should just leave his business card so that her husband could contact him later to reschedule the appointment. When she told him this, he refused to accept it and kept persisting that she should let him in the house. Eventually, the woman shut the door. When she looked outside later on, the man had disappeared.
After being alerted to the incident, police have been checking the area and have been searching for more information about what may have occurred. They have not heard of any similar reports from neighbors or anyone else in the area. They said that they will continue to investigate the information and the occurrence in case there are any more similar issues in the future. Although there have not been any similar circumstances within the area, many are saying that the occurrence is a good reminder that it’s important to be aware of scams.
Being aware is one of the main ways to ensure that scams like these do not take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Even if you have been considering remodeling or getting a quote, or even if a loved one has mentioned such things, it’s important to confirm with them that these claims are true. If someone comes to the house asking to come inside to make estimates based on appointments that you are not aware of, it’s a warning sign that something may be wrong. Just politely turn the individual away and tell them that you will be in contact with them later to verify the appointment; more often than not, they will never provide you with any contact information and they will not return.
It’s also important not to fall for scams that may appear in your mailbox. If you are receiving unidentified mail that’s informing you that your house may be under foreclosure or if there’s a claim that someone is going to come provide an estimate for a possible remodeling project, you may either want to contact the company to verify that it is legitimate or shred the documents.