Unfortunately many elderly people fall victim to home improvement scams.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has produced an excellent brochure giving practical tips about how to avoid these scams and how to report them if you or someone you know has fallen victim.
The guide gives these tips about how to spot a scam artist, saying they sometimes:
- Work door-to-door, suggesting they are working on other homes in your neighborhood
- Don’t provide contact information or refuse to show identification
- Pressure you for an immediate decision
- Only accept cash and ask that you pay the full amount up front
- Offer to finance the costs or suggest that you borrow money from a lender they know
- Pose as a building inspector and order immediate repairs that they offer to do on the side
- Are not licensed
For information about more scams targeting seniors, see the FBI web page dedicated to this important topic.
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