Scam Alert: Home Improvement Cons
Posted in Consumer Protection on June 1, 2021
Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning about a scam involving fraudulent home improvement contractors.
After major weather events, consumers often seek out contractors for home repairs. BBB says in instances like these, be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, upfront fees and fly-by-night businesses.
Scams usually start off with a knock on the door, a flyer or an ad. A contractor may offer a low price or a short timeframe. One common method is when the crook claims to be working in your neighborhood on another project and has leftover supplies.
To protect yourself, follow these tips from BBB:
- Watch out for “red flags.”
- Say no to cash-only deals, high-pressure sales tactics, high upfront payments, handshake deals without a contract and on-site inspections.
- Ask for references and check them out.
- Bad contractors will be hesitant to share this information. Scammers will not wait for you to do your research.
- Know the law.
- Work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing and insurance.
Find trusted, vetted home improvement contractors near you and read tips on hiring a home improvement contractor.
For more information, check out this BBB tip on storm chasers. And before you hire anybody, read these tips on hiring a contractor.
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.