Avoid Scams This Summer

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Many homeowners in the Northeast Ohio area wait till the spring and summer months to embark in a remodeling project in their homes.  It makes sense for many of us. The weather is improving, and it seems you have more time in your hands than during the winter and fall months.    Remodeling is good if you have the means and the time to do it.  Remodeling the right room in your home is bit trickier, and choosing the right company or contractor is a lot more difficult.  Scams are abundant all over the world.  Avoiding one shouldn’t be difficult if you do your research first.  We are a company with a long history of great customer service in the area, customer satisfaction and excellent workmanship are two things we take very seriously.  Contact us for a free, no obligation quote for your home.

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AG shares tips to avoid summertime rip-offs

NEW YORK – As New Yorkers head into the lazy hazy days of summer, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reminding them to be wary of common scams that occur during the summer.

The AG is also offering tips to protect against abuse.

“As the temperatures rise in the summertime, consumers should proceed with caution in regards to unsolicited offers,” Schneiderman said. “Unscrupulous scammers prey on families seeking vacation or timeshare deals, seniors looking to escape the heat, and homeowners working to improve their property. It’s vital that consumers report seasonal scams to the proper authorities so that we may hold these criminals accountable for their actions and prevent them from victimizing others.”

According to Schneiderman, the most common summer scam this year involves unsolicited home improvement projects, such as weatherproofing and paint jobs. Other common scams that target consumers include vacation rental and timeshare fraud.

Contractor sting exposes 19 unlicensed contractors

Nineteen Valley residents posing as licensed contractors could face jail time and steep fines after the Contractors State License Board held a two-day sting in Visalia.

The fraud team staged the operation at a home nearEl Diamante High School. Investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office and Visalia Police Department assisted in the operation.

Two of the suspects were well known by CSLB. Oscar Burton Bingham III, Tulare, is already being prosecuted on suspicion of fraud. Criminal charges were filed against Bingham in 2015 after a homeowner complained.

Additionally, Stephen Richard Brown of Fresno was caught in a sting operation and is facing illegal contracting charges related to a case filed in 2015.

BBB’s top 5 summer scams

Summer is a great time to take that long-overdue vacation or take a part-time job.

Unfortunately, as the weather heats up in Texas, so do scams.

Last summer, Texans reported more than 100 scams and more than $35,000 in losses to BBB Scam Tracker.

Nationwide, nearly 1,000 scams were reported with more than $780,000 in losses. Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about these five summer scams:

1. Don’t let a scam ruin your vacation. Scammers are known for advertising too-good-to-be-true deals in the hopes of getting your money in return. Known as “bait-and-switch,” the scammer shows appealing photos of a home or condo (some real, some fake) that isn’t actually available and at the last-minute changes the location to a less appealing rental. The phony landlord then collects an upfront deposit, leaving the vacationer to find out they’ve been scammed when they show up to the address.


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