Better Business Bureau serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne Counties cautions consumers to beware of a wide array of warm weather scams in their neighborhoods.
The summer season often brings unwanted and fraudulent solicitations for a variety of products and services. They are run by con artists who move from town to town and state to state, performing poor work, or simply collecting deposits and leaving behind a trail of unhappy consumers.
Asphalt pavers - They offer cut-rate paving services, claiming they have material left over from another job in the neighborhood. Their work and materials are often substandard and the quality of work is poor.
Home improvement contractors - Many door-to-door contractors are unlicensed, uninsured and unqualified to do the work they offer.
Heating, roofing and chimney contractors – They may make false claims that major repairs are necessary or that heating equipment needs replacement.
Landscapers and cleanup crews – Scammers knock on doors and send out flyers at this time of year, offering yard maintenance and cleanup services. They may show up once or twice, or simply take a deposit and never return to do the work.
Magazine sellers – Students are often unaware they are being duped into selling magazine subscriptions for disreputable operators. In many cases, wrong magazines arrive, consumers are overcharged, or they never receive the order.
Alarm systems – BBBs across the country receive complaints about people selling alarm systems and failing to divulge terms of the contract for alarm system monitoring.
Christy Page, CEO and President of BBB serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties, urges consumers to do thorough research before hiring because of shady operators. Locally, your BBB has over 26,000 free business reviews on companies in our service area which are available online or by calling our office at (330) 253-4590.
BBB offers six tips to get the work done properly, and protect against fraudulent operators:
Better Business Bureau also urges consumers to be even more wary of telephone solicitations for products and services. You will find additional consumer tips at bbb.org.