Scamming is something that can happen to anyone but it is a major problem for the elderly. Home repair or home improvement scams are a continuing issue.
According to a 2015 report, an estimated $36.5 billion is lost per year by elderly Americans to various financial scams.
Scammers keep an eye on probate court, making it easy for them to target a widow following the death of her husband.
Typically a fraudulent contractor will convince the elderly individual that they’re in urgent need of a repair, such as a new roof.
In many cases, the unwitting homeowner will write a check for work that is never done.
An unlicensed contractor will seem to be helpful to the senior and will be sympathetic about the need to get the work done. He will typically ask for a down payment upfront and offer to get the work done with no contract. He will also come to your door or contact you unsolicited, saying that he noticed a problem with your home.
Before hiring one of these people, he should be asked for references from previous customers and their contact information so they can be asked directly about the contractor.
If no references are provided, you are most probably part of a scam and should not agree to have that person do any work.
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