Thursday, 4 July 2013

City of Calgary on Contractor Fraud

The responsibility is yours.

Calling 3-1-1 to confirm a contractor is licensed is a good

first step to help protect you from bad business practices,

but having a valid business licence does not guarantee

quality of work or the business operator’s ethics.

There are many other things you can do to guard against

contractor fraud, such as insisting on written estimates

and receipts. Here are some suggested resources:

Service Alberta “Home Renovations” Consumer Tip

Sheet at or 1-877-427-4088.

Alberta Seniors and Community Supports “If in Doubt,

Check it Out” fraud awareness tips and tools at or 1-800-642-3853.

Canadian Home Builders’ Association website at

Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region

“RenoMark™” program at or

Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association

“Heads Up Fraud Prevention Program” at

BBB Serving Southern Alberta “Hiring a Contractor” tips

at or 403-517-4222.

Report fraudulent activity.

If a fraud occurs, report it to the Calgary Police Service at

266-1234. Please also notify 3-1-1 so The City’s business

licence inspectors can take the appropriate action.

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