Topeka police warn residents of tree scammers

Topeka police warn residents of tree scammers

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka police are asking locals to keep an eye out for tree service scammers as storms move through the area.

The Topeka Police Department has received multiple reports about tree-trimming companies working without a license and even scamming customers.

Topeka police posted a tree service announcement on social media back in April 2024. They have several suggestions when getting work done with contractors:

  • Always ask to see licenses.

  • Get multiple quotes before committing to any job.

  • Don’t pay the full amount until the job is finished.

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27 News spoke with one Topeka woman, Danielle McBurney, who says she has encountered scammers.

“They said that they would trim a few things today- for free,” McBurney said. “But said if we ever wanted them to finish the actual job, they will come back and give us a quote. They refused to show us any kind of company they’re with, license, insurance company, anything like that. So, we knew something was wrong.”

The two men she encountered were driving a rented Home Depot truck. A Home Depot spokesperson told us they are investigating this situation along with as the Topeka Police Department.

You can contact the Topeka Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau for scam inquiries at 785-368-9400.

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