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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Home Repair and Construction Fraud

What is Construction Fraud?

Construction fraud occurs if a person engaged in construction knowingly:

  • Obtains money, property or labor by false pretense.
  • Receives payments and fails to state his own true name, or states a false name, contractor’s license number, address or telephone number of the person offering a service. 
  • Diverts money or commits any act of theft, forgery, fraud or embezzlement, in connection with a construction project.
  • Acts as a contractor without a contractor's license.
  • Fails to disclose a material fact.
  • Construction fraud is also where services are paid for Home repair but no work is done.


How to spot potential construction fraud.


Beware of:

Repair businesses and individuals who solicit door-to-door

  • Offer you special deals, using left over materials from another job.
  • Arrive in unmarked vehicles or vehicles with out of state plates.
  • Have a post office box or temporary address.
  • Pressure you to pay in full before any work is done or materials are delivered.
  • Protect yourself!
    The biggest key to preventing contractor fraud lies with you, the homeowner.
  • Know your contractor.
  • Make sure the contractor is properly licensed.
  • Obtain and check references.
  • Get all agreements in writing.
  • Be sure you have signed contracts and receipts; and do not verbally authorize subsequent changes.
  • To obtain additional information about your contractor, check the following web sites:


OregonConstruction Contractors Board.


The Better Business Bureau


OregonDepartment of Justice Hotline