REGIONAL—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning for residents to be wary of a summer “home improvement” scam that has been circulating around the county and the surrounding area.
In a recent incident in Sioux County, individuals were offered to paint a building on a farm property.
The individuals then claimed to have run out of paint and said they would be back the following day to finish the job but wanted to be paid that day.
After receiving payment for the full job, the individual left and never completed the job and left the building in subpar conditions.
This is a common scam that occurs, and typically involves individuals from out of the area going “door-to-door,” attempting to solicit work in paving, painting, roofing, landscaping and other outdoor tasks, according to the sheriff’s office.
The individuals then will typically perform subpar work for a higher-than-normal rate or not complete the job.
It’s a good idea to ask for references and do a check on them before agreeing to have any work done.
The sheriff’s office also recommends getting a written estimate and for residents to tell the individuals they will get back to them. It may also be a good idea to seek bids from local companies before granting them permission to start in order to compare prices.
Authorities urged residents to know who they were dealing with.
In many cases, residents are safer dealing with a contractor who has local ties to the community.
When in doubt, do not agree to any services. If an individual applies pressure or begins work without permission, contact a local law enforcement agency.