Chimney Sweep Scam in Halifax, Nova Scotia

HRM Partners in Policing are warning citizens to be cautious when contracting out services for their homes.

The HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit has received a number of complaints about a group claiming to be professional chimney sweeps going door to door offering to clean chimneys. The reports indicate that after inspecting the chimney, the homeowner is told it requires major work. Several homeowners have agreed to the repairs only to be provided with an excessive bill for work which was either minimal in nature or incomplete. There have also been questions raised about the validity of the group’s qualifications.

Regardless of the type of work being done, police offer the following tips in an attempt to limit risk to citizens:

-Always use reputable companies. Contact the Better Business Bureau to verify businesses’ authenticity.
-Insist on a detailed quote of the work required.
-Ensure the bill itemizes the work done.
-Do not pay by cash unless you are sure of the legitimacy of the company and their work.
-Ensure the information on the receipt is correct, including the company name, address and phone number.

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