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Home Repair Scam Alert! Woman Scammed, Warns Others
DAYTON- A Dayton woman is sharing her story about getting scammed, in hopes what happened to her, won't happen to others.
Pam Jones feels duped. She is out a lot of money.
"You can't trust anyone. I learned a hard lesson, I sure did." Pam said.
Pam paid a carpenter over 6 thousand dollars upfront, to do home repairs. Pam said he did some work for her, and put in a few doors,
but he never came back to do her windows.
"I didn't have a problem with the work that he did do, I just wanted my windows done and I trusted him to take care of it, which he didn't." She said.
Pam realized she was scammed when he didn't show up to finish what he started.
"His phone was disconnected the very next day."
"More and more people are being victimized. It is a huge industry for scam artists." John North from the Dayton Better Business Bureau said.
"Be very leery if contractors ask for cash up front; especially if they ask for a significant amount of money up front." He said
"Do your research and look the company up on the internet and see if they are BBB accredited and read reviews on the company. " North added.
North adds, if a handy man just show up at your door stop points out a "problem" with your home that you never noticed before, that's a red flag.
"A legitimate company is going to have signs on their vehicles saying they are with that company. If BBB accredited, they will have a decal and even their business cards and their uniforms should tell you something about the legitimacy of the company." North said.
Pam never got the company's background information, including an address. She said it's a mistake that cost her a lot.
"I just want my money back, that's all I want." Pam finds the entire situation disheartening and wants to warn others.
"I feel rather stupid." She said. "I wish I would've paid a little bit more money and went with someone reputable. You don't just take peoples word for it . Research people first. I learned that."
More tips, on how to spot a phony contractor:
-Contractors who appear uninvited at your doorstep or who call or email you out of the blue.
-The contractor says they are doing work in your neighborhood and claims they have "extra material" left over
-You feel pressured to make a decision and sign a contract for the work immediately
-The contractor offers a "special deal" available "today only"
-The contractor points out a "problem" with your home that you never noticed yourself before. Some unscrupulous scam artists have been known to offer "free" inspections and then break something on purpose so they can be paid to "fix" the problem
-The contractor demands full payment up front, particularly if payment is demanded in cash.
-The contractor lacks identification, such as a permit from the city or locality
-Offers to give you a discount so that your home can be used as a "model" or if you find additional customers for him/her
-The contractor offers to help finance the project, either from his own funds or the funds of an associate, especially if your home equity or home deed is involved.
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