April 21, 2018
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Chimney cleaning scam attempts to convince homeowners their chimneys are unsafe


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.

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