Sioux Falls, SD: Over the past few weeks, two separate tree trimming scam reports have been made in Sioux Falls. In both cases, the victims were scammed for more than $3,000 each.
The suspect walked up to the victims and offered to trim the victims’ trees since the suspect said he was already working in the area.
Unfortunately, neither victim asked to see the suspect’s State Sale’s Permit or City of Sioux Falls Peddler’s License, which all door-to-door sales are required to have. Without those permits, it is illegal to sell goods or services door-to-door.
All tree trimming companies/arborists are required to be licensed with the City. A list of licensed arborists is available at www.siouxfalls.org/parks/forestry. This suspect is not a licensed arborist.
Before providing any form of payment, make sure the person or company you are dealing with is following all laws.
The peddler’s permit ensures the company is bonded. The arborist license ensures the company has liability insurance and understands how to properly trim or care for a tree.