Chimney cleaning scam attempts to convince homeowners their chimneys are unsafe

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, at 11:20 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Attorney General William J. Schneider is warning Maine homeowners about an out-of-state chimney cleaning scam named Aero Ventilation that is going door to door in southern Maine.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the Delaware-based company contacts homeowners by phone and offers a low-cost chimney cleaning and safety inspection.

But once the inspection is complete, the company persuades the homeowner that the chimney is not safe and needs a new liner costing well over $1,000.

Authorities have advised homeowners to get a written contract before allowing any contractor to make any repairs inside their home. Door-to-door home repair contractors may not even begin the work until the homeowner’s three-day right to revoke the contract has expired.

Those who believe they are dealing with a suspicious contractor should contact their local police department.