A development in the Tampa area illustrates why it’s important to take care when picking a contractor for roof repairs.
News Channel 8 in Tampa reports that two men who went to prison for fraud in a storm repair scam are back in business in the Tampa area. According to the news channel:
“The gall of these guys to even come back here and start up again, which tells me they don’t care what they do or who they do it to,” said Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano.
Carlton Dewayne Dunko and Frank Martin Pureber once ran a notorious storm repair insurance scam that gleaned millions from consumers in 11 states, through a company called American Shingle before moving to Tampa and operating a similar roofing scam uncovered by us in 2013 called NBRC Construction.
They both went to prison in 2016 for ripping off nearly 100 NBRC victims in six Tampa Bay area counties for more than $631,000 and are now serving probation.
They still have pending fraud cases in Connecticut and Missouri related to their past business schemes.
Given how important it is to choose well when picking someone for your roof repairs, here are a couple tips that can help set you on the right path.
Be sure to ask your contractor for references. According to WikiHow, “You can also research the roofing contractor’s reputation by contacting your state’s Department of Professional Regulation or a local Better Business Bureau (BBB).”
Make sure they’re legitimate
As WikiHow states, “Verify that the roofing contractor or business is legitimate by asking for their tax identification number, a business address, business website or email address, and contact phone number.”
Contact three roofing contractors
According to WikiHow, “Treat this step just as you would if hiring a new employee. Making a bad decision regarding which contractor to hire will be very painful. Give yourself the best opportunity to make a good decision here by including several candidates.”