Charges Filed In LI Chimney Sweep Scam

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A chimney sweep and his helper pleaded not guilty Thursday to grand larceny and other charges after a prosecutor said they scammed mostly elderly customers into getting unnecessary and expensive repairs. Full Story
Joel kearns

United States

#315 Jan 4, 2012
Tell them how it is sapo people always need to bitch about something
Jay

Flushing, NY

#316 Feb 7, 2012
listen there are worse crooks out there I paid to get an extension done on my house it cost $75,000 and before the job was complete he wanted more money another $35,000 and threatened he would not finish my extension if I didn't pay, well we are in court now and he owes me $75,999 so any contractor scam not just chimney company's.. I would say make sure they stick to the contract and if something is wrong with your chimney tell them to video tape it and ask for the video tape they probably won't do that.
John wrote:
<quoted text>It doesn't matter if your elderly or not, a scam should not be tolerated, maybe you did not understand my comment, why are incompetent elderly folks left alone to get scammed, Your mom or dad raise you, care for you and then they get old and you don't take care of them, because if you did scamming the elderly would not be so easy or common place. I think the scammers should be locked up in the same cell with the people who don't take care of there elderly relatives and allow them to be scammed. Stop waiting for a check, that is a scam in itself no matter what you tell yourself to get to sleep at night. Do you understand the logic now or do i have to use smaller words.
listen

“Vote Republican”

Since: Aug 08

Wyandanch, NY

#317 Feb 7, 2012
Jay wrote:
listen there are worse crooks out there I paid to get an extension done on my house it cost $75,000 and before the job was complete he wanted more money another $35,000 and threatened he would not finish my extension if I didn't pay, well we are in court now and he owes me $75,999 so any contractor scam not just chimney company's.. I would say make sure they stick to the contract and if something is wrong with your chimney tell them to video tape it and ask for the video tape they probably won't do that.<quoted text> listen
I only pay contractors after an agreed point, phase by phase... Never write a blank check, and never pay in advance.
Shirley

Smithsburg, MD

#318 Mar 12, 2012
Ammityville, Babylon, Copiaque. Watch out.
Alexis

Selden, NY

#319 Mar 16, 2012
john wrote:
<quoted text>, I am tired of hearing about the elderly being scammed if they are not competent to make basic decisions they should not be left unassisted, Where are there family's, usually waiting for the lawyers call and what there going to get


That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. People scam the elderly because they have less of an understanding of todays cost and prices and the people who do it lack morals and common sense and have no soul. They wouldn't like it if a company did it to their elderly family members. Not everything is about money, it's about trying to keep the little morals we have left in this world.
People are stupid

Bayonne, NJ

#320 Mar 19, 2012
Everything is a hustle in life. Every company scams you in one way or another. Chimney companies are not all scams. It is the customers problem if they give a company money and then later on down the road feel that they were scammed. How is it the companies problem? the customer needs to open up their eyes more and if they feel they are being scammed NOT HAND OUT THEIR MONEY. Don't blame the damn company.

By the way, auto repair is the BIGGEST type of scam ever.
People are stupid

Bayonne, NJ

#321 Mar 19, 2012
Gladiola wrote:
Vivian a chimney sweep can't give you a violation for a hot water that's the gas companies job call a plumber or the gas company for a second opinion . I have never heard of not going on a roof to sweep a chimney how can they be certain that there's something wrong with your chimney if they can't see the chimney ? No mirror ? No Chim scan ? I would get a second opinion or third opinion . 1300 sounds cheap , how tall is the chimney ? What material are they using ? I have been doing this for awhile and I was taught by a guy who many people consider the best . I hope this helps you
Yea yea EVERYONE says they are either the best, or have been taught by the best.
HesTNTonPMS

Bay Shore, NY

#322 Mar 22, 2012
Everything is a hustle you're right .
The Lawyers are hustling you , the doctors ,the insurance companies,gas companies ,telephone companies and the list goes on.
If you need work done you need it done, the scam comes in when people are told then need work that really do not , Most chimneys need some type of repair if they have been standing in the elements for at least 10 years.
The best price don't always mean you're getting the best worker.
How many times did the best price agreed upon turn into "Oh well we didn't know this or that was going to happen and wham, there goes another 3 grand on top.

I would say John P. is the best.
His credentials are incredible.
When someone else calls you the best, that is when you know you are.
I am just good at figuring out major problems, going through hell to get the job done right and making sure everyone is safe.
I enjot doing the jobs everyone else passes on I like hanging from buildings and love roto hammering out flues,that is how I made my name and I have shown many the ropes and by now they're masters .... most likely unless they fell into the trap.
Gladiola, you're one of the top dogs out there now I heard , stay true brutha and pick the brain of the old timers , there is always more to learn.
I'm out, I got to find a new place to work, these guys I am working for are a little slow and I don't like sitting , ya get rusty when ya sit for too long , I have been doing a lot of roof work lately so I got the chance to learn some of that as well .... be good to your customers !
HesTNTonPMS

Bay Shore, NY

#323 Mar 22, 2012
All of the chimney company owners on long island should have a sit down and agree to charge the right price for the cleanings though because I think this is how a lot of the problems with "SCAM" came about.
I personally am not touching your fireplace for under 100 bucks, it is just that simple.
It cost 30 bucks in gas just to get there today.
that 39.95 shit should be gotten rid of and never advertise it again, advertise the real price !
What happens when there is an inch of 3rd stage glaze? you're going to clean that for 39.95?
That business is never going to make it .
Watch out for the scams

Levittown, NY

#324 Mar 22, 2012
The $39.95 chimney guy just wants to get his foot in the door. People fall for these cheap prices and before you know it they're being handed an estimate for a liner for $2000.00. When will people learn you get what you pay for. A chimney company will not survive on $39.95 cleanings, they need to sell you work you don't need.
Happy LYSCO customer

West Babylon, NY

#325 Apr 29, 2012
I Hate Syracuse wrote:
<quoted text>I could not find the house on spokeo.com when I search by name.
WOW, coming from Babylon & the Wyndanch....mmmmm LYSCO doesn't do work in New York. I have hired them in the past to do my mothers house and recommend them to anyone who wAnt work done right! I think the person giving LYSCO a bad name is a company that's jealous. LYSCO is a great company and stand by their work & are licensed , and the workers are clean cut with uniforms, unlike like others, where your afraid to open the door because they look like straight up druggies.

“Vote Republican”

Since: Aug 08

Wyandanch, NY

#327 May 2, 2012
When I first moved to Jersey from LI, I met a guy (roofer) at the local gym who be-friended me. After a few workouts together, I invited him over for a beer or two, or nine. In his first visit, he asked to climb on to my roof and told me i needed tons of expensive work. I reminded him that I paid for a home inspection. He told me that the guy was wrong.

We never ever spoke again. I know that he and his wife later took off to Virginia and took people's money for services never completed and stole a horse.

Never, ever pay a sub-contractor in advance. Agree on a payment schedule based on performance. If he does not have enough money to get the materials, then he is not likely worthy of the work. Stay away from him.
vn redpatch

Petersburg, VA

#328 May 5, 2012
grease up Santa at Christmas and send him down for the clean
Oh_That_Bitch

West Babylon, NY

#329 Jul 11, 2012
The Real Deal -- or SCAM these guys are pulling is that charge a low fee to get in the door ... i used to work for a telemarketing company that was a HUGE Racket .. FIRST OF ALL... They are calling from Longisland (from a crappy room ,sometimes with blacked out windows but Always out of sight from passerby's ,this way no-one can say," what is this place?")..full of low-lives with computers at swivel chairs that are broken . They are NOT calling other people on Longisland ..even though they say they are "LOCAL" ... WHat they do is set up a tiny office ( or STORAGE UNIT) of which they pay rent to so they have the use of the word "LOCAL" because they have a bunch of phone lines ran in the room ( the room which they call their "HeadQuarters" in the state they are interested in scamming that month .. once the jig is Hot they move around ..(they were in Maryland last time i remember ) so anway,..The script goes like this ," Hi im calling from your local chimney cleaners/sweep and were in "Your Area" this week having our "Summer Special" for a FULL Top to bottom Chimney cleaning ... goes on to tell them that we do a 20 point fire & safety inspection ( which they dont do) all for the low price of 49.99 .. BLAH BAH BLAH . But WAIT,.. they have some questions to qualify you for the cleaning BEFORE they get there "just to have an idea of what they're getting into and what size ladder they'll need " YADA YADA Scam Yada Yada yada WHAT THEY REALY want to know is if you have a chimney liner ..(so they can be the guy to do it)....... THEN , they get to your house and they do the "cleaning" (whether it was needed or not ) and Alllll the sudden you need a chimney lining ( even if you dont)...My Goodness , REALLY !!!!(Well of course they say that because those are the ONLY ONES WE WERE ALLOWED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR . but some slipped through the cracks because people were desperate to make their "QUOTA" and make those chimney appointments .) So Atlast Atlast,..The technician is the BIG Part of the scam because if there selling technique goes down the tube so do they ..(They are Fired)..so now you find out your chimney needs a $3,000.00 and up Liner ( which might be the going rate,..what do i know?.. but what I DO KNOW IS .. your Liner is a hunk of crap that cost them about 20 at the scrap shop..heck it could possibly even be alluminum foil . Bottom Line. I Hated what i witnessed and i quit and i even anonymously called the police ( anonymously because i was/am afraid for my life of the owner of this Chimney Scamming Business . But as far as i know they
(Matt & his Pecker Head Minion, George Capone ) are still hiring telemarketers out of 260 Sunrise Highway building in West Babylon ,NY .. & in that building they are conveniently across the Hall from some kind of Escort business going on in there too which i also called the 1st precinct about . There are various offices and insurance co.'s and all kinds of business's ( maybe other things i dont know of) in that building that would have to be blind to not know shady stuff goes on in there and the OWNER of that building knows FOR SURE. I would see things on the way out that i couldnt believe if i wasnt seeing it for myself and i was scared for my life of walking in & out of that building until i got my last paycheck & Got the Hell Outta there.
Who knows if those prostitutes & their "Clients" are still there .. i dont know and im glad im out of that hell hole .
BEWARE OF CALLS TO YOUR HOME FROM BUSINESS's TRYING TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS OR SELL STUFF .. SAY "NO" and HANG UP ! If you need work done research business online get credentials & references but for God Sake, Make your own appt..... & DONT ANSWER THESE TYPES OF CALLS from people or #'s you dont know!
Oh_That_Bitch

West Babylon, NY

#330 Jul 11, 2012
Sharon wrote:
someone had work done , cost them $2,800.00. They replaced a liner saying the other person put in the wrong one. He said the other guy put in a gas liner instead of a oil one, took that one out for supposedly gas and replaced it with one for oil furnace. Then went down to their basement and did something with a pipe. There was no name on the truck. It was a gray van & the guy says he also goes to connecticut as well. someone could comment if they ever came across this company. Thanks.
You might want to check with the address below(although they dont go by chimney sweeps at that location.. thats their " telemarketing division "The SCAM: these guys are pulling is that charge a low fee to get in the door.i used to work for a telemarketing co that was a HUGE Racket.FIRST OF ALL,They r calling from Longisland (from a crappy room ,sometimes with blacked out windows,Always out of sight from passerby's,this way no-one in the community can say,"what is this place?")full of low-lives with computers at swivel chairs that are broken.They are NOT calling other people on Longisland.even though they say they are "LOCAL".What they do is set up a tiny office (or STORAGE UNIT) of which they pay rent to so they have the use of the word "LOCAL"because they have a bunch of phone lines ran in the room(the room which they call their "HeadQuarters" in the state they are interested in scamming that month).once the jig is Hot they move around..they were in Maryland last time i remember) so anyway,.The script goes like this,"Hi im calling from your local chimney cleaners/sweep and were in"Your Area" this week having our "Summer Special" for a FULL Top to bottom Chimney cleaning. goes on to tell them that we do a 20 point fire & safety inspection ( which they dont do but tel you everything needs fixing all the same) all for the low price of 49.99 .. BLAH BAH BLAH . But WAIT,.. they have some questions to qualify you for the cleaning BEFORE they get there "just to have an idea of what they're getting into and what size ladder they'll need" YADA YADA Scam Yada Yada yada.WHAT THEY REALLY want to know is if you have a chimney liner or have an "OLD ONE".THEN, they get to your house & they do the "cleaning" (whether it was needed or not ) & All the sudden U need a chimney lining ( even if you dont)...My Goodness , REALLY !!!!(Well of course they say that because those r the ONLY ONES WE WERE ALLOWED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR.but some slipped through the cracks because people were desperate to make their "QUOTA"& make those chimney appointments.) So Atlast Atlast,..the technician is the BIG Part of the scam because if there selling technique goes down the tube so do they.(They are Fired).so now you find out your chimney needs a $3,000.00 & up Liner(which might be the going rate,what do i know?.but what I DO KNOW IS .. your Liner is a hunk of crap that cost them about 20 at the scrap shop..heck it could possibly even be alluminum foil. Bottom Line. I Hated what i witnessed & i quit and i anonymously called the police(anonymously because i was/am afraid for my life of the owner of this Chimney Scamming Business . But as far as i know they (Matt & his Pecker Head Minion, George Capone )are still hiring telemarketers out of 260 Sunrise Highway building in West Babylon,NY.& in that building they are conveniently across the Hall from some kind of Escort business going on in there too which i also called the 1st precinct about. There are various offices &insurance co.'s"Massage" Parlor &other" business's"in that building that would have to be blind to not know shady stuff goes on in there &the OWNER of the building knows FOR SURE. I would see things& i was scared for my life of walking in & out of that building until i got my last paycheck & Got the Hell Outta there.BEWARE OF CALLS TO YOUR HOME.SAY "NO" and HANG UP ! If you need work done research business online get credentials & references DONT ANSWER THESE TYPES OF CALLS
Oh_That_Bitch

West Babylon, NY

#331 Jul 11, 2012
You might want to check with the address below(although they dont go by chimney sweeps at that location.. thats their " telemarketing division "The SCAM: these guys are pulling is that charge a low fee to get in the door.i used to work for a telemarketing co that was a HUGE Racket.FIRST OF ALL,They r calling from Longisland (from a crappy room ,sometimes with blacked out windows,Always out of sight from passerby's,this way no-one in the community can say,"what is this place?")full of low-lives with computers at swivel chairs that are broken.They are NOT calling other people on Longisland.even though they say they are "LOCAL".What they do is set up a tiny office (or STORAGE UNIT) of which they pay rent to so they have the use of the word "LOCAL"because they have a bunch of phone lines ran in the room(the room which they call their "HeadQuarters" in the state they are interested in scamming that month).once the jig is Hot they move around..they were in Maryland last time i remember) so anyway,.The script goes like this,"Hi im calling from your local chimney cleaners/sweep and were in"Your Area" this week having our "Summer Special" for a FULL Top to bottom Chimney cleaning. goes on to tell them that we do a 20 point fire & safety inspection ( which they dont do but tel you everything needs fixing all the same) all for the low price of 49.99 .. BLAH BAH BLAH . But WAIT,.. they have some questions to qualify you for the cleaning BEFORE they get there "just to have an idea of what they're getting into and what size ladder they'll need" YADA YADA Scam Yada Yada yada.WHAT THEY REALLY want to know is if you have a chimney liner or have an "OLD ONE".THEN, they get to your house & they do the "cleaning" (whether it was needed or not ) & All the sudden U need a chimney lining ( even if you dont)...My Goodness , REALLY !!!!(Well of course they say that because those r the ONLY ONES WE WERE ALLOWED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR.but some slipped through the cracks because people were desperate to make their "QUOTA"& make those chimney appointments.) So Atlast Atlast,..the technician is the BIG Part of the scam because if there selling technique goes down the tube so do they.(They are Fired).so now you find out your chimney needs a $3,000.00 & up Liner(which might be the going rate,what do i know?.but what I DO KNOW IS .. your Liner is a hunk of crap that cost them about 20 at the scrap shop..heck it could possibly even be alluminum foil. Bottom Line. I Hated what i witnessed & i quit and i anonymously called the police(anonymously because i was/am afraid for my life of the owner of this Chimney Scamming Business . But as far as i know they (Matt & his Pecker Head Minion, George Capone )are still hiring telemarketers out of 260 Sunrise Highway building in West Babylon,NY.& in that building they are conveniently across the Hall from some kind of Escort business going on in there too which i also called the 1st precinct about. There are various offices &insurance co.'s"Massage" Parlor &other" business's"in that building that would have to be blind to not know shady stuff goes on in there &the OWNER of the building knows FOR SURE. I would see things& i was scared for my life of walking in & out of that building until i got my last paycheck & Got the Hell Outta there.BEWARE OF CALLS TO YOUR HOME.SAY "NO" and HANG UP ! If you need work done research business online get credentials & references DONT ANSWER THESE TYPES OF CALLS
kto

Upton, MA

#332 Nov 10, 2012
Joel kearns wrote:
Tell them how it is sapo people always need to bitch about something
Hey Joel, didn't you scam some people in Mass eh?
Don Owner Maximum

Central Islip, NY

#333 Mar 25, 2013
Here is an easy answer to everyone's concerns. Just make sure that the company is reputable. it is 2013 we have access to a huge online database. You as a consumer can determine wether or not a company is reputable by a simple click of the mouse. Check angies list, home advisor, the bbb, the nfpa, the ncsg. consumers for complaints. Check everything possible. I can't stand these companies that give the good one's a bad name but there is something people can do about it and thats be more aware. I mean there are certain things i don't agree make you a scammer. Like one for instance that is a sales tactics used. Like same day deals. This does not make you a scammer i mean everybody from services to stores to car dealers use that. its just a way to gain your business. It's when the crooks force you into doing something by scare tactics when there is nothing there thats when you have to watch out. I pride myself in my company, my work and my employees. Most companies only take care of themselves and thats whats wrong with this industry and others. As a consumer don't let this stop you from getting services that are needed because there is nothing more scary than the media. My final word to everyone is Keep safe and be aware. Don Ulrich Maximum Energy Savers Inc. WWW.MAXIMUMENERGYSAVER.COM
tom

Levittown, NY

#334 Apr 10, 2013
Don Owner Maximum wrote:
Here is an easy answer to everyone's concerns. Just make sure that the company is reputable. it is 2013 we have access to a huge online database. You as a consumer can determine wether or not a company is reputable by a simple click of the mouse. Check angies list, home advisor, the bbb, the nfpa, the ncsg. consumers for complaints. Check everything possible. I can't stand these companies that give the good one's a bad name but there is something people can do about it and thats be more aware. I mean there are certain things i don't agree make you a scammer. Like one for instance that is a sales tactics used. Like same day deals. This does not make you a scammer i mean everybody from services to stores to car dealers use that. its just a way to gain your business. It's when the crooks force you into doing something by scare tactics when there is nothing there thats when you have to watch out. I pride myself in my company, my work and my employees. Most companies only take care of themselves and thats whats wrong with this industry and others. As a consumer don't let this stop you from getting services that are needed because there is nothing more scary than the media. My final word to everyone is Keep safe and be aware. Don Ulrich Maximum Energy Savers Inc. WWW.MAXIMUMENERGYSAVER.COM
The only problem with going with some of these online sites, is that a lot of them can be manipulated. For example, with the BBB a company can have a A-plus rating and have numerous complaints because all they have to say it they have 10,000 customer base and if they get like 10 complaints they still keep their A-plus rating.(in reality they may only have 300 customer)The best site to check is the Dept. of Consumer Affairs but then again I know of one company who simply changed his name slightly and now showing up as having no complaints.(yet under his old name he had numerous complaints) Check with friends, family and neighbors. Be weary of telemarketing. They say the chimney company is in the area for the $49.00 SPECIAL and then everyone needs a liner or their life is in danger. Wake up people, the $49.00 special is a scam!
Like it is

Ridgewood, NY

#335 Apr 10, 2013
Alexis wrote:
<quoted text>
That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. People scam the elderly because they have less of an understanding of todays cost and prices and the people who do it lack morals and common sense and have no soul. They wouldn't like it if a company did it to their elderly family members. Not everything is about money, it's about trying to keep the little morals we have left in this world.
You are wrong. In this great country of ours, everything is about money!!!!!!

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