BBB Warns Consumers to be on the lookout for ‘Monsoon Scams’ this summer

  
     
September 18, 2013

Every summer Southern Arizonans know they can count on two things- excessive heat and monsoons. Unfortunately there is something else likely to blow in with the summer storms: monsoon repair scams.

Monsoon scammers typically show up in the aftermath of storms at houses that sustained property damage, offering a low estimate to fix whatever damage the property sustained during the storm- whether it be roofing or landscaping. They’ll then ask for part of their fee upfront, before disappearing with the money, never to be heard from again.

Dubbed “Storm Chasers,” these unlicensed contractors drift from city-to-city during monsoon season, attempting to scam homeowners in the aftermath of particularly violent storms. Homeowners with repair needs this monsoon season should keep in mind the following:

  • Most licensed contractors don’t wander neighborhoods knocking on doors looking for work.
  • If the person at your door claims they did work for someone else in your neighborhood, don’t just take their word for it, ask your neighbor.
  • Obtain the name and address of the company that person allegedly represents to check the company licensing with the Registrar of Contractors (ROC) at www.azroc.gov.
  • Visit www.tucson.bbb.org and click on the Accredited Business Directory to get a list of local, BBB accredited companies to help with monsoon related repairs.
  • Don’t succumb to high-pressure sale tactics in person or over the phone with contractors who offer special “monsoon” deals.
  • Do not pay cash in full before work begins.
  • Obtain multiple quotes from contractors and companies before making a final decision on who will help with the monsoon related repair.

If you have been a victim of a monsoon scam contact BBB at (520)888-5353 or email info@tucson.bbb.org. For more information on monsoon scams, and other consumers issues affecting Southern Arizona visit www.tucson.bbb.org.