Springfield warns of possible roofing fraud


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Springfield wants residents to be aware of a door-to-door roofer sales pitch.

Community Development Director Shannon Meadows says neighbors in the Harding Road and North Fountain Avenue area are reporting an offer for a free roof replacement using Community Development grant money.

“The city of Springfield does not go door to door to solicit people to participate in their programs. And we don’t use third party representatives regarding our housing repair program,” Meadows said.

The city does provide various repair programs to qualified homeowners, but it believes the door-to-door operation is fraudulent.

According to Meadows, this is the first time Springfield has handled an issue that involved Community Development grant money, “This is the first time it’s happened since I’ve been director of the city. And unaware in terms of Community Development Grants this happening before.”

So we’re asking questions to find out how Springfield residents can know whether a program is legitimate, or headed for the gutter.

“The very first thing to know is that if someone approaches you and says they have community development grant dollars, then it’s probably not legitimate,” Meadows explained.

Meadows advises that anyone approached by such an offer should call Springfield police at 937-324-7680.

She also says that you have three days to cancel any contract signed due to high pressure sales tactics.

For information about legitimate City of Springfield home repair assistance, call the Community Development Department at 937-324-7380.

 

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