NEW PALTZ — The latest scam to hit the Hudson Valley involves duct cleaning. Scammers offering this decidedly unsexy service have been seeking gullible homeowners on online neighborhood forums, especially Facebook.
“As far as I can tell, you call them up, get an estimate, they demand half up front, and they never show up,” said John Bligh, one of a handful of administrators for New Paltz’s community Facebook page. He noticed a bunch of posts coming in from people offering duct cleaning services starting a few months ago. “I hadn’t seen it before, but then people were posting the same thing over and over again.”