Walla Walla County deputies investigating suspected home improvement fraud cases

 

SheriffCourtesy: Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office

By: Jill Sperling

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is urging area residents to keep an eye out for scams as it investigates several potential cases of home improvement fraud.

Anyone who has paid for painting services which were not completed should contact the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone at (509)527-3265 and say the call is regarding incident #2022-00003199.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a statement over social media Tuesday, May 24, saying it’s important to do your research, check reviews and visit licensing websites before hiring someone for a home improvement project. 

The Federal Trade Commission provides the following warning signs to look out for in order to avoid being the victim of this particular type of fraud: 

  • Scammers knock on your door looking for business because they are “in the area.”
  • Scammers say they have materials left over from a previous job.
  • Scammers pressure you for an immediate decision.
  • Scammers ask you to pay for everything up front or only accept cash.
  • Scammers ask you to get any required building permits.
  • Scammers suggest you borrow money from a lender they know.