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Police Warn of Chimney Scams

The Greenwich Police Department is warning residents to be alert for scams by chimney cleaners. These swindles are an old standby for a reason, said Greenwich Police Department spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray in a prepared statement. They're easy to pull off because most people won't climb up on their roof to see if the job was completed.

Last month a Wellington Avenue resident was caught up in a chimney fraud . Scammers select vulnerable people to victimize, such as the elderly, who believe the supposed contractors can be trusted. Scammers also create a false urgency to make repairs immediately and will attempt to negotiate a higher price for the repairs.

The current trend in Greenwich shows chimney scam artists are from out of state, mostly Long Island, though they may lie and claim an affiliation with another chimney sweep company.

"If the contractor makes any excuse as to why some part of their operation cannot be verified or he seems like a sketchy character, we suggest you stay away and contact the police," said Gray.

The police department is warning residents not to fall for telephone solicitations and to ask for their Connecticut Home Improvement Registration number, phone number, address and references before any contractor works on a chimney. They also urge residents to get three separate written estimates for any work.

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