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The Cortland Police Department is investigating a recent instance where an elderly city resident was scammed by a contractor promising to do driveway repairs. The suspect is described as a male, white, about 40 years of age, with brown hair, a goatee, and tattoos on his arms. The suspect was driving a grey four door sedan. A second person who was not further identified waited in the vehicle while the suspect swindled the victim. This incident occurred in the area of Douglas Street and Yong Street.
Anyone who may have been victimized by this suspect or who can further identify the suspect or his vehicle is asked to contact Sergeant Daniel Edwards at 607-758-8308. Reference incident number 2020-01138.
Contractor scam warning signsLack of licensingExtremely low bidsRequiring large cash depositsNo local or permanent place of businessNo contractNo insuranceInadequate references