SCAM ALERT: Home Repair Scams

Posted on 07/19/17 by Jamie Bulen

Service Industry: Latin descent repairman at customer's front door.

We are in prime time for home repair scams.

A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job.

Avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start any work, ask for references and check them, get a written estimate and compare bids.

Also, check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints. And never pay anything until you have a written contract.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network for more information on fraud prevention.

This story is provided by AARP New Hampshire. Visit the AARP New Hampshire page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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