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Defrauded by Builder Contractor

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1. Fraudsters prey on those who are unaware and in a hurry. Warning signs to look for are a rush sale "we can start right away", a quote too good to be true, taking money to move up in line to get started sooner...and have your own research and homework done on costs.

2. Do not choose a contractor via the internet, instagram or from TV as the Tarion lawsuit against Mike Holmes proves, solely based on what you see or notoriety. Reviews can be faked or "stacked" and if a company has access to that page, they can immediately remove bad reviews.

3. Fraudsters know there is a worker shortage. If they solicit first, door to door or otherwise, trust your intuition and know something is up. Reliable, competent, integrity-filled builder contractors and tradespeople are probably too busy doing good work to go "fishing".

4. Never give money up front - even if you have signed a contract. Solid c
ontractors with business built on integrity typically don't ask for funds up front. Limit to 10% deposit to max 5K. Wait in line for one of the good guys. If need be, arrange to pay for materials yourself and have deliveries come direct to you.

5. If your project is an emergency repair/renovation, check with your insurance company. Then get solid referrals from your insurance company or from someone you know or trust, a neighbour or a business in tow
n who has had work done successfully. Do not rely on hearsay. Reach out with your own questions and get neutral objective answers free of an agenda.

6. Don't pay anyone toward a major job until you've gotten a 2nd or 3rd independent opinion to confirm the problems you're told exist. This is how scare tactics are employed, to get you to pay on the spot.

7. Take the time and do your due diligence to criminal back check anyone you plan to hire and give substantial amounts of money to. Check with your provincial police, county court records, RCMP and BBB.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/go-public-small-claims-court-1.7024214

 

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/owner-of-toronto-construction-company-charged-with-fraud-police-believe-there-are-more-victims-1.6733503

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-contractor-sentence-probation-fraud-charges-1.6966577

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/opp-charge-cottage-country-contractor-with-defrauding-more-homeowners-1.6016849?fbclid=IwAR38RRni_ONn_kB_bIVyxA2aXFJm-s2sq1SEAwF73JDtog1uGwluUTLKuXs

https://globalnews.ca/news/9909295/quebec-construction-business-fraud/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/contractor-who-owes-money-to-clients-says-his-company-is-now-bankrupt-1.6956239#:~:text=CBC%20News%20has%20confirmed%20that,clients%20say%20he%20owes%20them.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/mike-holmes-scammers-1.6724078#:~:text=The%20Holmes%20Group%20doesn't%20ask%20for%20online%20payments%20and,names%20or%20an%20old%20address.

https://globalnews.ca/news/9785112/renovation-scam-warning-calgary/

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/police-warn-public-about-home-reno-scam-after-two-residents-defrauded-1.6021529?fbclid=IwAR0nrXhvm8Z_J57zzFMEYs-5OvPU5116OKGNhkDqohiAxcUt7plf8kPNZWY

https://nationalpost.com/life/homes/mike-holmes-finally-someone-gets-zapped-for-fraudulent-electrical-work

https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/canadians-fell-for-more-home-improvement-scams-in-2022-new-report-finds-1.6300924?fbclid=IwAR38RRni_ONn_kB_bIVyxA2aXFJm-s2sq1SEAwF73JDtog1uGwluUTLKuXs

 

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/home-maintenance-scams-are-rampant-when-the-warm-weather-arrives-here-s-how-to-detect/article_54e004e7-91ea-5eb1-a54a-b3bd4039980f.html

 

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-police-issue-a-warning-about-shady-contractors-ahead-of-spring-renovation-season-1.6398144?fbclid=IwAR0aFcLd99Qvkq1qBMvWhdkpM5YQqHP-6BkStrzyjU5C8-Z6IULo8fzMSJI

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gta-homeowners-renos-contractors-rbc-platform-1.6840409?fbclid=IwAR0tbk7KHEVXxd1DOe8qZGcSQZ7e5oEM4H0CQnEGH9DZCN_pUdbZQN6CRFA

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-couple-warns-of-home-repair-scam-1.6854243?fbclid=IwAR0Jsq4qbqge2SVUvkhwJbDjFBmqAM8pHmHG3F_9pJMbPelByQY41XGQWh0

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/few-frauds-get-through-ontario-justice-system-1.6759211?fbclid=IwAR3fTUGFT0wlHuIe8eG4eaebdSoFQ6BytVLGT2ZKTTxZQNpFBbEVwC9FTtU

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/fraudsters-restitution-ontario-victims-1.6760121?fbclid=IwAR3uFukDty8MkCT6BVA1FSLJ6n10l5GFiWGcnHSFQBKy2f4qhjoMH9OFXu0

 

https://nationalpost.com/life/homes/unlicensed-electrical-doesnt-pay?fbclid=IwAR2g3Bzb5gbPaEd1byC3R_SzwH2M1cwJCiRW_ySjF0JlI5Vx29hsIamMp7Y

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/construction-labour-shortage-housing-affordability-ontario-1.6891288?fbclid=IwAR3cfK2OAQK0D_CM_i9kafP8fNHEn5Q2KEDxVgMGV8SP2TLR5a2ZsvglUrw

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/9079690/toronto-area-contractor-fraud/?fbclid=IwAR3yLHg1ZJTdbeu4ZQmgmcDty7dY2oMGKvR_JqdpAXAgzDe4ecMwuhnfykk

https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/canadians-reported-16b-in-fraud-losses-in-five-years-report-1.6493554?fbclid=IwAR0Mjc7ObZrpHTJyyXnApkAOVun1BRgT0XvzvU-fWgRS7NEX_VGDiLrIQes

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-paving-scams-make-customers-overpay-and-leave-piles-of-debris-1.5986573

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/warmington-halton-cops-allege-allure-of-tiny-home-ownership-a-giant-trap

 

https://nationalpost.com/life/homes/mike-holmes-six-signs-your-contractor-is-probably-a-chump

 

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Warning against Robert J. Murdoch BuildX - Next Space etc...

If you searched for reviews on Robert J Murdoch or BuildX Builders, he is still active in securing new private contracts under his personal name, check out all the reviews below before signing over any monies to him. On public record is the legal judgment we won in Ontario Small Claims Court last September.  He uses the business names of County Hearth and Home, Next Space LLC and most recently Green Build Innovations.

As I posted on the BBB reviews site, if you have been defrauded, contact your local OPP detachment or consult a lawyer to see if you have a case. We did and the judge found in our favour.  Email me at quintessencestudio@yahoo.ca for a questionnaire to add your case to a file that we intend to present to CBC national and Markeplace. Visit the Facebook group Defrauded by Builder-Contractor for more information 

See Other Sites for More Reviews against this builder

Better Business Bureau   Robert J Murdoch. BuildX Builders

4975 Northumberland 45, PO Box 186, Baltimore, ON K0K 1C0

Houzz.com  BuildX Builders

NiceLocal.com  (416) 886-3655  Cobourg, ON K9A 4G3, 29 Brook Rd S

If you've been defrauded by a builder-contractor, send a message to join a national list, I'll get back to you with a questionnaire

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