Home repair fraudsters back in action
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Members of a home repair fraud ring broken up by law enforcement in the 1990’s are out of jail and appear to be back to their old tricks. The group was very active throughout North Carolina, scamming hundreds of elderly homeowners out of as much as $50,000 to $100,000 each for unnecessary repairs, before local, state, and federal law enforcement stopped them.
Unfortunately, our office has heard of two Raleigh homeowners who lost several thousand dollars to these fraudsters in recent weeks. Local authorities are investigating those incidents, and we’d like to prevent other consumers from becoming victims.
Telltale signs that a homeowner is being scammed by these criminals include:
- Unmarked trucks frequently parked out front
- Contractors who suddenly leave when a visitor comes over
- Several screw-jacks mounted under the first floor of the home
- Wooden 2” by 4” braces mounted between the attic floor and roof supports
- New shingles on a roof that wasn’t showing any signs of damage, and
- Thousands of dollars in checks made out to individual crew members.
If you or someone you know may be a victim of this home repair fraud ring, report it to local law enforcement and building code officials immediately. To file a complaint
with our office, call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within NC or visit www.ncdoj.gov