Several roofing companies in Colorado are coming forward to help victims of a state-wide contracting scam, KRDO reports.
The companies came forward after a Monument contractor named Daniel Nail was accused of defrauding more than a dozen people out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Nail was arrested on drug and weapon charges, and was in court late November after posting bond.
After KRDO broke news of the scam, three roofing companies have come forward to help victims of the scam – free of charge.
Along with scamming more than a dozen people, former employees were also left unpaid. Some lost as much as $40,000.
Those who claim to have been defrauded by Nail, who owned the company “Nailed it Roofing,” say he failed to finish the work after being paid. Some say they barely heard from him after choosing their metal roof colors and making a down payment for his services.
Nail allegedly began work on one woman’s first insurance claim after a serious hail storm, but after the second hail storm, she claims to be out at least $20,000 from the two deductibles. None of the work was completed for the second claim.
According to the Colorado Springs police, Nail was arrested after flashing a gun at a person who was trying to collect debt from him. Investigators say they confiscated $3,800 in cash and drugs. Nail previously faced assault, drug and forgery charges in the state.
To help combat fraud and scams, a group of government, non-profit and business organizations are coming together to launch a public education campaign called “No Roof Scams.”
The goal of the campaign is to arm Colorado homeowners with information to protect themselves against roofing scams during severe weather season.
Colorado is second in the country for the number of insurance claims filed for hailstorm damage to homes and businesses.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says consumers want more information on how to select a reputable roofing company.
One way to avoid being a victim of a scam, according to the BBB, is not to hire a contractor who knocks on your door after a storm. Legitimate roofing contractors don’t typically do business this way.
The BBB also recommends asking for a contractor’s license number and confirming that the license number was issued by the city or county building department. Also, the BBB advises consumers to check the BBB’s website to look for complaints filed against the company.
Author: Jacob Maslow