Homeowner reports fraud

Franklin homeowner reports repair fraud

Police are warning homeowners about potential scammers knocking on their doors to offer repair services.

A homeowner east of Franklin reported a group of men and a woman came to his home off Clark School Road, offering him a good deal to spray coat his roof, according to a report filed with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The man agreed to let the men look at his roof and give him an estimate. But then the men got up onto his roof and began spraying it and came down and said he owed them $1,200 for the work, the report said.

The resident said he only had $220 in cash. And the men said they also would accept a truck on his property as part of their payment, the report said.

Once the men left, the resident got on top of his roof and saw only a small area had been sprayed, the report said.

The sheriff’s office is warning residents to watch out for home repair scams, which are more common this time of year.

Homeowners should check references and avoid having work done the same day they meet a company. If a resident is uncomfortable with someone at the door, they can ask them to leave and call the police, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Residents also should check identifications and copy down license plate numbers, he said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.