Gallipolis— Gallia County Sheriff Joseph R. Browning issued a warning on Tuesday, asking residents to be aware of a tree removal scam in the area.
Sheriff Browning explained that his office had received word that a resident was recently approached at her home by a local man offering to remove a tree from her property.
The woman told deputies that she was charged twice for cutting a tree and stump removal, and that the “company” failed to complete the job, leaving the elderly home owner without the complete service. In addition, the tree trimmer offered his service at one price, then increased the price prior to completing the job. The sheriff’s office is investigating to locate the man that was involved.
Sheriff Browning recommended using only local, established companies that are licensed and with a good reputation. These companies should be able to provide proof of insurance and should have current certificates of liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
It is also recommended to get references from people in your community, and to check on the quality of their work and level of service.
The public should not be rushed by a sales pitch and don’t ever pay in advance, the Sheriff added. Don’t be afraid to ask if they follow industry standards on tree removal and disposal, including safety standards. Remember to Insist on a signed contract as to cost, and dates when work is to be performed, and exactly what is to be done.

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