Two home-improvement scammers bilked a Springettsbury Township homeowner of more than $12,000, beginning in August.

Between Aug. 1 and Jan. 14, the scammers agreed to do work for the victim, who lives in the 1700 block of Pelham Drive, according to Springettsbury Township Police. That included repairs to the home's chimney, siding and driveway.

The homeowner gave the men more than $12,000 but the work wasn't done, police said.

Police said residents -- especially elderly people -- should be careful when hiring contractors. Beware of contractors who solicit door-to-door, pressure you into making an immediate decision, ask for a full payment up front, accept only cash, and who "just happen" to have materials left over from another job.

Police urge people to hire only licensed and insured contractors, contact three references to check past work and to get at least three written bids on any job. Also, they said, insist on a detailed contract and don't pay all of the bill until all of the work is completed.

For a list of contractors registered with the state Attorney General's Office, go to http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/hic.aspx, or simply click here.

Anyone with information on these two scammers is asked to call police at 757-3525.



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