Local Accredited Business Targeted

August 12, 2013

Burt Goltz, owner of Strong Roofing in Gulfport, MS, contacted BBB about an ex-employee posing as a representative of Strong Roofing. Using their contracts, the ex-employee is visiting homes of current customers in the Jackson Metro area offering a discount if paid in full. Strong Roofing is a BBB Accredited Business.

The ex-employee is accepting cash payments and signing the contract stating “paid in full”.  Homeowners are left with uncompleted work, a fraudulently signed contract, and lost monies in tens of thousands of dollars. BBB advises before doing business with a company check them out at, ms.bbb.org.

Check phone numbers and contact people in the report and when in doubt, give us a call at (800)987-8294. People should be very cautious to pay companies for an uncompleted project, job or construction work. 

 BBB offers these tips for protecting yourself:

· Avoid door-to-door solicitation.
· Reject “left over” materials.
· Don’t agree to get the permits.
· Watch out for transients.
· Do not make hasty decisions.
· Never pay in cash or up front.
· Consider finance options.
· Ask about warranties.
· Avoid storm chasers.



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