CHEBOYGAN, MI – Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont warns of a contractor scam entering the area via the internet. “Another scam with a twist but all meaning the same and wanting your information and money” said Clarmont.
This latest scam involves contractors getting an email seeking a bid for work such as electrical or plumbing or small remodel then sending a cashier’s check above the amount quoted with instructions to send the extra funds back. “A contractor may quote $4,000.00 and get a check for $6,000.00 with instructions to send the remaining funds elsewhere” said Clarmont.
According to Sheriff Clarmont some scams are part of a cycle throughout the year. “During tax time we see scams revolving around the IRS. In this case we have seen these contractor scams before in the spring as contractors are gearing up for the start of their season.”
The Sheriff wants to remind citizens in all instances regarding unsolicited contact that when a check is in the mail with instructions to send funds back, it is a scam.
The Sheriff also advises citizens to read their unsolicited mail or email carefully as most will write with broken English, misspelled words and poor sentence structure. “The best reply is not to respond or to advise you cannot help them” said Clarmont.