POSTED: 9:01 p.m. HST, Sep 20, 2012
Hawaii County police said they have received complaints about unlicensed contractors who appear to be soliciting elderly citizens to hire them for residential projects such as power-washing and painting homes, paving driveways, and performing auto body and mechanical repairs.
In an incident on Wednesday, an 87-year-old man told police he was approached by a couple who offered to power-wash his roof. After they agreed on a price, the woman from the couple said she needed to go into the victim’s house to shut the windows to prevent water from entering. After the couple left without completing the job, the victim discovered several valuables were missing from his house.
Police ask that anyone who may have been victimized in such a scam to call the police nonemergency line at 935-3311 or file a complaint at a police station.
Consumers may also contact the state Regulated Industries Complaints Office at 587-3222 in Honolulu or http://hawaii.gov/dcca/rico.