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Peru police: Watch for roofing/paving scams

Peru police are reminding residents to be aware of scams committed by dubious roofing companies.

In a press release, Peru police reminded residents that businesses must be licensed through the city and, when soliciting door-to-door, must have a valid solicitor permit issue through the city and police department.

These scams start either through a phone call to set up an appointment or directly approaching a resident in their yard or with a knock on the door. Scams may include offers to do roofing repairs or replacements at a lower cost than others or to offer to pave or seal your driveway with “leftover” materials from another job, promising low costs.

Invariably, the work is substandard and/or overcharged. Scammers typically target the elderly or senior citizens, appear in pickup trucks with generic magnetic signs on the doors and perform substandard work, if any work is done at all. Scammers mostly work in teams, but not always.

Additionally, a scammer will lure a targeted person out of their house or vehicle while an accomplice enters the home and steals jewelry and cash.

"We ask folks to be alert, be aware, be cautious and be a good neighbor," police chief Doug Bernabei said. "Please remind your parent, grandparent, friends and neighbors, typically those that are often targeted and insure they do not fall for these types of things."

Anyone who thinks they have been the target of a scam is asked to immediately call Peru police at 815-223-2151, ext. 0. If you see a neighbor who you think may be the victim of a scam or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, don’t wait. Call 911.

"Remember," Bernabei said, "as a general rule, contractors will not solicit business door to door. If they do, they must have a permit from the City of Peru. Fraudulent contractors’ prey on vulnerable homeowners and have become increasingly bold in their tactics.

"Again, we ask folks to be alert, be aware, be cautious and be a good neighbor. Please remind your parent, grandparent, friends and neighbors, typically those that are often targeted and insure they do not fall for these types of things."

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