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Durham police have received recent reports of scams involving home repairs and maintenance. In one case, a woman said a man knocked on her door and offered to do jobs such as cleaning her gutters, pressure washing her house and trimming her hedges to earn money to pay his electric bill. The woman paid him and he did a little bit of the work. He told her he needed to leave to pay his electric bill and would return soon. The man never returned to finish the jobs she had paid him to do.
The American Bar Association provided the following home repair scam crime prevention tips:
Anyone who has been the victim of one of these scams is asked to call the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit at (919) 560-4440.