APD: Watch out for roofing and electrical scams

APD: Watch out for roofing and electrical scams

APD: Watch out for roofing and electrical scams

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 2:03 PM

AUSTIN -- The Austin Police Department is warning residents of a scam.

The department has received a number of reports from senior citizens in Austin who were approached by individuals offering to repair their rooftops and electrical wiring. Police say these individuals are not legitimate roofers and electricians.

The City of Austin and Austin Energy are not participating in electrical rewiring of homes.

The suspects appear to be official and ask to fix roof and electrical repairs around homes. After asking for payment up front, the suspects work for a little bit and then leave with the money.

Police say they were granted access to at least four homes in South Austin.

The suspects are described as:

  • White male in his 30s
  • White female in her 30s
  • White male between 12 and 15 years old
  • Two Hispanic males in their 20s

The suspects are believed to be driving a green or white truck.

If you have any information regarding this scam, please call APD Detective Kevin Covington at 512-974-9774 or e-mail him here.

Residents who have questions about their electricity can call the Utility Contact Center at 512-494-4900.

 

 

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