I heard on the radio the other day about a rash of scam artists posing as licensed contractors gaining entrance into unsuspecting folks’ homes for unsavory purposes. Scary stuff! If you are considering a remodel or new home construction, read this article to avoid the pitfalls. Certainly one should ask for references and evidence of insurance and the contractor’s license. Or go to the California Contractor’s License Board web site to check on a contractor’s license status or for any complaints filed against him or her.
The web site also lists dates for “Senior Scam Seminars” held through California to provide information about construction-related scams and how seniors can protect themselves when hiring a contractor. Sessions feature expert speakers from local, state, and federal agencies, who also present broader topics, including identity theft, auto repair, Medicare, foreign lotteries, and mail fraud.
If someone you know is preparing to embark on a home project, feel free to share this article. It may help prevent disappointment or worse!