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Lincoln Co. Sheriff on lookout for home improvement scammers after recent visitSubmitted: 07/16/2019
Lincoln Co. Sheriff on lookout for home improvement scammers after recent visit
Story By Lane Kimble

MERRILL - Police believe a group of men have been driving around north-central Wisconsin trying to scam homeowners through shoddy "improvement" work.

The latest case comes from the Town of Corning in Lincoln County. Sheriff Ken Schneider reports the men showed up at woman's home in the last week offering to seal her metal roof.

The suspect, described as an eastern European man in his 40s, offered to demonstrate the product when two other men got out of their truck and started putting the sealant on her roof.

A family member showed up soon thereafter, confronted the men and they left.


Schneider says similar reports have popped up recently in Marathon County as well.

The men were in a silver GMC truck with a black ladder rack and tinted black windows. The truck may have Indiana license plates, but a piece of carpet hanging off the back covered the plate.

One of the suspects had a cast on his left leg and used crutches.

Schneider warned homeowners the summer months are typically when people posing as contractors randomly appear at homes to scam people out of money. They often charge a much higher price than was initially quoted, do shoddy work, or leave without actually finishing the job.

If you see these suspects or people acting similarly, Schneider asks you to try and safely take pictures to help police track them down.

People needing home repairs should contact licensed contractors referred by family, friends, or neighbors.

You can call Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726 or visit this link to report such cases of contractor scams.


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