North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning people about roof repair crews who trick people into expensive repairs they may not need.
Officials say the scams often surface after strong storms pass through neighborhoods, saying that nearby roofs were damaged. Other scam artists cruise neighborhoods and approach homeowners door-to-door. In each case, they offer to inspect the homeowner’s roof.
The repair crews tell the homeowner that your roof needs work and asks them to sign a document. They tell you the document is for insurance purposes, but it's actually a binding legal contract for their repairs.
Officials say you should always be wary of people who offer construction services to you, instead of you seeking them out. They recommend you get a second opinion on the repair work and get your estimate in writing.
Also, the person selling services is supposed to tell you have three days to change your mind and cancel the contract.
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