By now, most of you would have seen this Facebook post by Isninhan Low Chong Bak about his encounter with a supposed HDB appointed contractor who turned aggressive when confronted.
Just in case it was taken down, here’s the TLDR version:
On 22 March 2019, Mr Low was approached by a man claiming to be performing HDB prescribed works on his home ceiling. Mr Low declined his services and so the contractor approached another neighbour. When the neighbour asked Mr Low about the authenticity of such services, he advised the neighbour to better check with the authorities. The contractor then turned aggressive and even got physical with Mr Low.
This is not the first time such a ruse has been used as shown in this article back in 2015 >> Nine nabbed for HDB renovation scam
These contractors will often say they were appointed by HDB to perform works such as patching up the ceiling or changing out the chute cover from older flats.
They will usually try to cheat the elderly residents as the mere mention of government agencies will instil trust in them, making the scam so much easier to execute.
What should you do?
You should definitely ask for identification from the contractor if they do claim they are from/appointed by any government agencies.
Note down their name, company name or even just use your smartphone to snap a photo of their ID.
Still unsure? Call up the relevant agency such as HDB at 1800-225-5432 or the Police at 999 to ascertain their identity.
Share this advice with your family and friends, especially our very own elderly.