BBB warns of schemers using low bids to lure victims, commonly elderly
DENVER – Warm weather brings out some of the worst practices and scams in the marketplace says the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder in a warning about traveling contractors. Residents should be cautious this season of contractors knocking on doors or approaching front yards who claim to have leftover material and offer bargain deals. Such transactions often end with shoddy work and largely inflated costs compared to the original estimate, and commonly happen to senior citizens.
The Office of the Attorney General recently announced the indictment of five men connected to an asphalt paving and roofing repair operation of this nature. “One man paid in excess of $24,000 for egregiously substandard work. In another instance, a 94-year old woman was swindled out of $8,300 for work that was structurally terrible and worth no more than $1,521,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers in a recent news release.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, the case against the ring is the first it is prosecuting under the state’s recently-enacted Elder Abuse law. The BBB advocates for senior consumer rights and has worked in recent years to build awareness of Elder Abuse.
The BBB advises homeowners who need repairs to get several estimates from BBB Accredited contractors by using findacompany.org or by calling 303-758-2100, and beware of these common scam red flags:
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