WHITEHALL, Pa. — Police in Whitehall are warning consumers of a potential scam involving a construction company.
According to officers, Corr Construction has been passing out flyers and soliciting without a permit across the borough.
The company is being investigated for “possible” contractor fraud and is suspected of providing estimates for asphalt paving, only to return and place a seal coat on the existing surface, police told Channel 11. One elderly resident reportedly came close to losing thousands of dollars.
Channel 11 visited the McKeesport address listed on the company’s flyer.
A woman answered the door but declined to comment. We also left a voice message after calling the business, but have not received a response, at the time of publishing this report.
Channel 11 did some digging. The company has an “F” rating on Angie’s List.
As for the Better Business Bureau, no complaints have been filed recently. Channel 11′s Liz Kilmer did find a negative review on the BBB site, and the business is not accredited with the nonprofit organization.
BBB spokesperson Caitlin Driscoll told Channel 11 that Corr Construction has not responded to previous requests for background information.
In general, scams have been on the rise during the pandemic, primarily online schemes, Driscoll said.
“It’s really important for consumers to be cautious of all situations, including potential in-person scenarios such as this one -- especially when it comes to significant amounts of money, as home improvement projects tend to request,” she said.
When it comes to home renovation or construction, Driscoll recommends requesting proof of a solicitation permit, if it’s required by your municipality. She also suggests verifying a contractors' registration with the Office of Attorney General.
If a contractor requests a full cash payment up front, consider it a red flag.
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