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Waterford Police Warn of Tree-Cutting Scam

Police say men are trying to steal money by claiming they will do tree cutting and clean debris.

A message from the Waterford Police Department:

We are receiving some reports of out-of-state workers that are offering tree cutting/trimming at very high rates. In one case in Waterford, a person with no equipment arrived to "cut a tree". As it so happened, one of our Officers was there and intervened.

A neighboring community has reported people paying cash as a "deposit" for cleanup/tree work, and the personnel never returning.

While we understand people wanting their storm debris cleaned up and removed, please do what you can to ensure that the company you are dealing with is reputable - license, and insured. You have the right to demand to see their certificates. If you can, do not pay in cash, and always get an estimate and receipt.

Please pass this information on to any elderly persons you know in town that may require tree work. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...

Patchis Retartedn November 02, 2012 at 01:32 PM
LOL...""If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is",,,,is NOT more likely the case. There are plenty of respectable tree guys that aren't insured or licensed that will help you out for much much less than say a full crew of guys from a big tree company would. Just don't be restarted and give people deposits on tree work.
Paul Petrone (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
If they are not licensed and insured it becomes much more difficult to prosecute them if they do not do the job. It is not overly difficult to become licensed and insured, it is just a fee, and there is a fund set up that if a licensed contractor does a bad job, you can collect. You cannot collect if they aren't insured, and then you have to take them to court, which is expensive and difficult. Like it or not, if you do not use a licensed and insured contractor, you are taking a big and unnecessary risk.
Bonnie November 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Call Dunn's Tree Service in Montville, they've been in business for 65 years, fully insured and they wont rip you off. 860-848-0713
Sally W. S. November 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
We had a branch touching a wire, and some other branches broken. The tree is so close to the road that it must belong to the town. Someone cut the branches and left them in the road. We moved them onto the grass by the curb. Will they be taken away, or are we responsible?

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