Prices laid in alleged house enchancment scams

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Prices laid in alleged house enchancment scams

Donnie Whitty. (Photograph offered by Wooden Buffalo RCMP)

After receiving a number of complaints from the general public, Wooden Buffalo RCMP has charged native contractor Donnie Whitty for allegedly defrauding clients.

Police say that Whitty communicated with people via social media and on the native Fb web page, “Fort McMurray Aspect Jobs”.

Whitty’s accusers declare that the Complete Pleasure Residence Enhancements proprietor would comply with do house enchancment jobs and request a deposit earlier than starting his work.

After receiving the cash it’s stated that not one of the agreed-upon work could be accomplished, and Whitty would stop all communication.

All complaints have been between Might and June of this yr totaling over $50,000 of deposits made with no obtained work being accomplished.

Donnie Whitty was arrested on July 29 and charged with the next:

  • Fraud over $5,000 (x4)
  • Fraud underneath $5,000 (x3)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Whitty was launched from police custody with situations following a Judicial Interim Launch listening to. His subsequent court docket look is on August 31 within the Fort McMurray Provincial Court docket.

Tricks to keep away from home-improvement scams based on Higher Enterprise Bureau embody:

  • Say no to cash-only offers, high-pressure gross sales techniques, and excessive upfront funds.
  • Ask for references and follow-up.
  • Ask for a written contract with the worth, supplies, and timeline.
  • Work with native companies which have correct identification, licensing, and insurance coverage.

When you imagine you’ve fallen sufferer to a rip-off, contact the Wooden Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040.

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