PLATTSMOUTH (KPTM)- When damaging storms move in they tend to bring scammers with them. Some are cold calling homes in Plattsmouth posing as roofing contractors. They're claiming they've driven down roads and noticed storm damage on roofs. They offer a free estimate as a hook—only to get your information and scam you.
Kristina Thompson said she got a call, but wasn't fooled by the scammers sweet deal.
"There's no gaping holes in it. There's no things sticking out, there's no branches. There's no obvious damage," said Thompson of her three-year-old roof.
Thompson said scammers thought they could pull a fast one on people like her since there was a big storm last week.
"Claimed to be working on roofs in the area and that his crew was, drove by my house and saw that we had hail damage on our roof," said Thompson.
You can hardly Thompson's roof past the trees. She said the only clear view of her roof is about 200 feet away. Thompson said she wasn't fooled by this offer or the two other's scammers have tried since she got her new roof three years ago. What she wants to know is how scammers got a hold of her home.
"Called my husband by name and our name isn't on the side of our house or anything. So how did they get my phone number and how did they get our name?" said Thompson.
She may not find the answers to those questions. But what she will do is report the company so others won't fall into the trap.
"If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said Thompson.
Contractors encourage people to initiate the call to roofing companies if you're looking for repairs. They suggest never giving any personal information over the phone. If you feel you've been approached by a scammer, you can also contact the Better Business Bureau. If the BBB finds the company to be a fake, they will revoke their accreditation.
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