Roof cleaning on MSNBC beware if Roof cleaning Scams

Russ Spence

Commercial Pressure Wash Expert and PWI Admin
Did anyone see the special last night on MSNBC where there were two guys described as landscpers and Mr Fix its that had scammed approximatly 150 elderly people out of money by cleaning their roofs?

The guy admitted to just getting up there and spraying water and coming down and collecting a check.
 
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FCPWLLC

Senior Moderator
Did anyone see the special last night on MSNBC where there were two guys described as landscpers and Mr Fix its that had scammed approximatly 150 elderly people out of money by cleaning their roofs?

The guy admitted to just getting up there and spraying water and coming down and collecting a check.

Was thier a link?
 

Russ Spence

Commercial Pressure Wash Expert and PWI Admin
I dont know I will have to see if I can find one, I was watching it after he was arrested and he said that about the roof cleaning scam!

Disturbing! The got there business with Fliers they left on doos in retirement neighborhoods.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
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bhenson

Moderator
Watched it and if you wasnt paying attention you would have missed it. Not sure how this is going to effect roof cleaning.
 

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
Won't affect it at all. These type reports, especially Brian Hansen's from NBC, are out every year. Local news stations also do there own frequently, they are forgotten about the very next day, along with about 90% of the rest of yesterday's news.
 

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
Greg, IMO Yes they do. Believe me I am speaking from first hand experience on this. I am from Florida, and these things used to be on the local news in Tampa everyday almost, especially involving Air Conditioning Companies. Never hurt the AC companies one bit. There may be a couple of people that do, but the majority do not. Plus the scammers know how to turn it right around to their advantage.
 

Apple Roof Cleaning

Roof Cleaning Instructor
Greg, IMO Yes they do. Believe me I am speaking from first hand experience on this. I am from Florida, and these things used to be on the local news in Tampa everyday almost, especially involving Air Conditioning Companies. Never hurt the AC companies one bit. There may be a couple of people that do, but the majority do not. Plus the scammers know how to turn it right around to their advantage.
You are right about Scammers in Tampa! I have this video, and another roof cleaning scam up on a post on my roof cleaning blog to try and warn people. Zinc Strips are another roof cleaning scam, that are useless as balls on a priest here in Tampa. We have every crook and con man in the world operating here in Florida.
 

Brad C

New member
I saw it and wondered how 150 people could fall for these guys ( not all were roof cleaning jobs) They looked "ruff" to me yet they had a good closing ratio for door to door sales. Nobody buys a service from somebody they don't trust so obviously they had a pretty good pitch.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
I saw it and wondered how 150 people could fall for these guys ( not all were roof cleaning jobs) They looked "ruff" to me yet they had a good closing ratio for door to door sales. Nobody buys a service from somebody they don't trust so obviously they had a pretty good pitch.

I think in elderly communities Gypsies run scams, people fall for them everyday. In Arizona we have soliciting laws that prevent these types of crimes. Door to door sales requires daily permits in some cities. Often background checks are done to obtain them and the community knows you had better have that badge while soliciting.
 

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
I saw it and wondered how 150 people could fall for these guys ( not all were roof cleaning jobs) They looked "ruff" to me yet they had a good closing ratio for door to door sales. Nobody buys a service from somebody they don't trust so obviously they had a pretty good pitch.

One of the things we can do, and I do here in my area of Kingwood, TX is get to know your residential clients on a personal basis. Let them know that they contact YOU for anything that they need done inside or outside their home. I ahve a list of reputable, insured, and highly skilled companies every field. These are guy's and gal's that have been in their business for many years, are active and known in the community, always show up for appointments on time and retunr every phone call.

Every one of my customers has a list of these companies that I refer, and every one of these companies has a list with my name on it too. (Networking). For some cusotmers I even have a realtive's contact info just in case I need it.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Did anyone see the special last night on MSNBC where there were two guys described as landscpers and Mr Fix its that had scammed approximatly 150 elderly people out of money by cleaning their roofs?

The guy admitted to just getting up there and spraying water and coming down and collecting a check.


More Fun Stuff in Tampa with Law enforcement killed, lets hope its not a Pressure washer of roof cleaner
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Did anyone see the special last night on MSNBC where there were two guys described as landscpers and Mr Fix its that had scammed approximatly 150 elderly people out of money by cleaning their roofs?

The guy admitted to just getting up there and spraying water and coming down and collecting a check.

Was this in Houston at all?
 

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
I did not see it last night, but that sounds like a replay of the Dateline broadcast a few weeks back. If it was, those guys were in Vegas if I'm not mistaken.
 
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