17 Dec ‘Tis the Season To Avoid Homeowner Scams
Scammers sometimes prey on homeowners because they know homeowners are concerned about protecting their investment in a house. This holiday season, keep the following things in mind if you receive a call or email regarding home repairs or maintenance, or other potential expenses that could be a scam:
- Ask yourself, does this phone call or email make sense? If you’ve moved into a house that was newly constructed two years ago and someone calls claiming to be from your home insurance company saying you need a new roof, something doesn’t add up. Follow your instincts and err on the side of caution.
- Confirm that the phone number the person is calling from is actually the number for the business that the caller claims to work for. If something seems fishy, ask for a phone number and tell them you’ll call back. You can search the number online to see if it matches up with a reputable company that you do business with.
- Contact the Division of Consumer Protection. The Division of Consumer Protection exists to protect people from unfair and deceptive business practices and they are frequently aware of common scams.
You can never be too cautious when it comes to protecting your home and your money.
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