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The state Department of Consumer Health warns residents to be wary of unsolicited contractors who show up unannounced and offer home-improvement services. Officials say these fraudlent contractors usually drive unmarked vans like this one.
The state Department of Consumer Health is warning residents to be wary of unsolicited contractors who might show up at their doorsteps offering a great deal on home improvement.
According to a Dept. of Consumer Health representative, these “contractors” are usually scammers who will offer what they say is a good deal on driveway paving, chimney sweeping and other services, and will take your money and run.
Especially at risk are older residents living alone. Officials say it’s important to take time to find the best person for the job, and that the best answer is always, “No, thank you,” when someone comes to your door offering contractor work, even if you’re in the market for whatever service is being offered.
“When someone is pressuring you to get work done immediately, it’s because they want your money as soon as possible so they can move on,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein, in a release. “To be done well and be worth your money, any repairs or improvements to your property should be well-thought out and planned in advance.”
The Dept. of Consumer Health said the scammers usually drive unmarked utility trucks and vans.
Anyone who encounters a solicitor should call the local police department and contact the state Dept. of Consumer Protection at 860-713-6100 or email@example.com.