Gypsy Roofers Back in Lubbock to Scam - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/5/04

Gypsy Roofers Back in Lubbock to Scam

Whether you need work done on your roof or not, these so called "gypsy roofers" may show up at your door posing as a legitimate roofing company, offering to do work, and ask you for money. The problem is they will probably never return.

"Scams have happened over the last few years. This is actually the first time I've heard of somebody using a company name that was actually here in Lubbock," says Nan Campbell with the Better Business Bureau. She says it's an old scam with a new twist. Gypsy roofers going door to door, posing as local roofing companies.

Jim Hardin with Roof Master says they've already used his company's name. "It's just a scam. Somebody trying to get some money out of some older folks and using a somebody with a good reputation as ours to get that business."

Long time Lubbock resident, Katie Perry says these scam artists knocked on her door about a week ago. "He came by he said he was from Roof Masters and said my roof needed shingles or something," says Perry.

She was suspicious but since they said they were with a local company she let them inspect her roof. "He came down and said yeah it needed it and it would be 29-something but he wanted me to pay right now and I said no I don't do business that way, he said we won't do it if we can't pay," says Perry.

With that Katie called Roof Master to verify who these people posing as roofers were. "I know you don't pay up front when I had it roofed you don't pay up front," says Perry.

Legitimate roofing companies say this is a red flag. "I can't tell you the number of horror stories I've heard where a customer pays somebody $1,000 up front and never see them again," says Hardin.

A few other scam avoiding tips to keep in mind.

  • Do not pay up front. Pay with cash after the work is done.
  • Ask for local references.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is legitimate.
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