Home Repair Scams: Federal Trade Commission
Home Repair Scams
Here’s how they work:
Someone knocks on your door or calls you. They say they can fix your leaky roof, install new windows or provide the latest energy-efficient solar panels. They might find you after a flood, windstorm or other natural disaster. They pressure you to act quickly, might ask you to pay in cash or offer to get you financing.
But here’s what happens next: they run off with your money and never make the repairs. Or they do shoddy repairs that makes things worse. Maybe they even put you in a bad financing agreement that puts your house at risk.
Here’s what you can do:
*Stop. Check it out. Before making home repairs, ask for references, licenses and insurance. Get three written estimates. Don’t start work until you have a signed contract. And don’t pay by cash or wire transfer.
*Pass this information on to a friend. You may see through these scams. But chances are you know someone who could use a friendly reminder.
Want to know more? Sign up for consumer alerts at ftc.gov/subscribe. Pass it on.
Please report scams:
If you spot a scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
*Call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-Help (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261.
*Go online: ftc.gov/complaint
Your report can help protect other people. By reporting fraud, you can help the FTC’s investigators identify the scammers and stop them before they can get someone’s hard-earned money. It really makes a difference.
Federal Trade Commission/ftc/gov/PassItOn.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the FTC Fraud Alert pamphlet, and I give them full credit for it. Please check out their website on this.
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Please check out the FTC website for issues on home repairs.
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