All too often we hear of some new con method scammers have come up with. The most recent tactic in the Austin area has been home improvement scams. Mr. Jason Lugo of Mr.512 Handyman & Hauling, a locally owned construction and hauling company, has had firsthand experience with this scam in the Austin area.
The plot of the scam usually develops as follows: A “contractor” will come to your door and claim they were already in your neighborhood, maybe doing work for a neighbor. They often target senior citizens. They will tell you that they have noticed damage to the outside of your home or that you are in need of some general upkeep of your home (i.e. replace your gutters or siding). The “contractor” will usually then have you sign a contract and make a down payment for the job you agree to, and leave, with you never seeing or hearing from them again.
The Attorney General of Texas states “You may be anxious to get started on a new home improvement project, or anxious to have damage repaired, but be sure to take enough time to check out the company, look at their work, review the contract, and find the best possible financing terms. Do not act on the spur of the moment or jump on an offer that sounds like a fast-breaking opportunity.”
For more information on what to look for when performing remodeling or repairs on your home visit the Attorney General website:
This scam is just one more reminder of the importance of staying diligent. According to the Texas Attorney General, the best defense is education. Talk to your parents, friends, and neighbors about scams like this. When people know how to spot a scam, they are better able to protect themselves and their money.
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