The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

May 2, 2013

Residents asked to beware of tree scam

BECKLEY — John’s Tree Service in Beckley is warning homeowners that a man wearing one of its logo T-shirts and saying he represents the business is attempting to solicit work and sales.

Co-owner Marlene Larson said the man posing as an employee of the business sold plants to another area business and the incident is being investigated by the Beckley Police Department.

Larson also said one of John’s Tree Service’s long-time customers recently informed her that he turned down an offer for work from a man who said he’s with the tree service.

Larson explained the long-time customer knew that the service does not go door-to-door soliciting business.

She also said the long-time customer said that the man told him that work had been slow at John’s, which is not true and one reason why employees do not solicit work.

Larson stressed that John’s Tree Service does not solicit business and the only person who gives work estimates is John Teague.

The man who is allegedly soliciting business could likely be wearing a blue or red John’s Tree Service T-shirt, Larson said; but, even if the person is not wearing one of the business’s T-shirts and says he is associated with it, he is not.  

The man saying he is associated with John’s Tree Service could be soliciting throughout Raleigh County, Larson added.

Larson said a similar incident occurred approximately two years ago and she and others at the business want to protect the public from scams.  


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