Police advise residents to be aware of roofing scam

The Barrie Police Service has charged an Innisfil man with fraud after receiving reports of advertisements for roofing services on online marketing sites.
Once the victim has paid a deposit, and the work was barely started, the suspect disappeared with the money. After trying to contact the suspect to arrange for the work to be completed, the victim discovered that the address and company name provided don’t exist.
Barrie Police believe there may be more victims in the community, so if this situation sounds familiar, contact Constable P. Matte of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2557 or pmatte@barriepolice.ca.  Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.
For more information on how to protect yourself when hiring a roofer, visit the Government of Ontario’s Consumer Protection page at www.Ontario.ca/page/hiring-roofer for tips on how to research contractors, spot a scam, and file a complaint.