I Got A Weird Scam Call From A Roofing Company – Here’s Why It’s Legal
El Paso is heading into the monsoon season pretty soon. There will be wind and rain and even hail that will wreak havoc on the roof of your house. All that mess will bring another mess - scammers trying to get your money.
We just got a new roof on our house a couple of weeks ago. This weekend, I got a phone call at 8 o'clock Saturday morning from a fast talking guy saying he was from Texas One Roofing. He said my roof was done incorrectly and they could show me how it can be redone properly. He spoke a million miles a minute and it was hard to get a word in edgewise.
He kept using my name and when I repeatedly asked him how he knew my roof was done incorrectly but he wouldn't answer. Every time I asked a question he would address me by my full name and after a couple of minutes of his fast talking, he asked if I was Patricia Martinez who lived at the home at my and address. At that point all I could think was he has my name, number, full address and knows I’ve had work done on my house. I asked how he got all that information but hung up.
I Googled the company and got a phone number. The guy who answered, Jesus, was completely undone by my call because he said mine was the fourth call that morning from someone in El Paso saying they got a similar call. Jesus said these yahoos have been trying to scam people with his company name for a year. He apologized and said they’ve tried to get law enforcement to do something but there’s nothing they can do.
The scammers can pull your name from the City's database of work permits, or get your info by Googling your address if you have a work crew at your house. It's ridiculous the information that is available online.
I called local law enforcement, but there was little they could do. The important thing to remember is, if you suspect you've got a scammer on the phone, hang up and never give out personal information.