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SCAM ALERT: Avoid monsoon storm-related home repair fraud

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 20:09:25-04

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is advising Arizonans to take caution if unsolicited contractors come knocking at your door during Monsoon storms.

Major storms often bring in storm-chasing scam artists who try to take advantage of homeowners coping with damage to their homes, said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Arizonans need to think twice before hiring a person who shows up at their door with an offer that may be too good to be true, he said.

Brnovich has provided the following tips on how to avoid this type of sales tactic:

  • Do not open your door to someone you do not know.
  • Do not be pressured or hurried into contracting the services of a door-to-door salesperson.
  • Check with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to make sure the contractor you are considering has a license. Visit https://roc.az.gov/[azag.us5.list-manage2.com]to find the status of a company’s license and the history of complaints filed against them.
  • Be wary of a contractor that says you need something repaired immediately, especially if you didn't contact them about the issue.
  • Shop around. Ask for written estimates from at least three contractors.
  • Request a list of references and check them before agreeing to hire anyone. 
  • Ask for a written contract itemizing all work to be done with associated costs and payment terms.
  • Never pay for the entire job before it has been completed to your satisfaction.

For more tips on consumer protection visit AZAG.