Fort Worth, TX (March 4, 2014)– BBB of Fort Worth has received reports from roofers who have been contacted by potential customers to provide a bid for a roof replacement on a home purchase. Once the bid is submitted, the customer requests to overpay the requested deposit so the roofer can send the overpaid amount to the property owner via a wire transfer or pre-paid card.
“These imposters are getting clever in their tactics,” said Larry Taylor, BBB of Fort Worth CEO. “BBB of Fort Worth is working diligently to investigate potential scams and alert not only consumers but also businesses so they can take the proper precautions to avoid falling victim to these fraudulent activities.”
In all cases reported, the customer only wants to be contacted via email or text message. And, in one case, the property address provided was a foreclosed home. BBB of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. (BBB of Fort Worth) warns businesses, especially those in the roofing community, to be on the lookout for fake customers looking to make a quick buck and offers this tips to help businesses avoid falling victim to this new scheme:
· Beware of customers who only want to do business via electronic formats
· Beware of customers who are unwilling to sign a contract but are willing to send money
· Never send money via wire transfer or prepaid card
· Report suspicious business transactions to your BBB
Businesses are encouraged to report potential scams to BBB of Fort Worth toll-free at (855) 621-8566 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BBB of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc.
The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency serving Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Wise, Erath, Palo Pinto, Somervell, and Parker counties. Fort Worth BBB provides education and information on business and business standards; and serves consumers by helping resolve consumer complaints regarding businesses. For more information, call (855) 621-8566 or visit fortworth.bbb.org.
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