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These preventive measures can help you avoid being duped. What’s worse than having your property damaged by a storm? Being swindled by scam artists and crooked contractors who don’t make repairs.
Take the case of Jane, a customer of American Family Insurance.

After a bad storm, an alleged “contractor” knocked on her door and said she qualified for a free roof. Next, he asked to see Jane’s insurance information, which she provided.

Armed with this newly acquired information, he falsely claimed that Jane’s agent sent him to “help” her out. She ultimately was duped into signing paperwork to have her roof fixed, which the bogus contractor failed to do.


“It is so unfortunate when this happens,” says Jolene Cloyd, a senior field investigator at American Family Insurance. “These types of solicitors act like they are helping out, but really it is for their own personal gain. We don’t want people to be taken advantage of.”


Some of the most common examples of contractor fraud include:
  • Obtaining advance payment for repairs, and then never showing up to complete the job.
  • Starting a job and not completing it after receiving payment up front.
  • Using cheap materials and poor workmanship to make a bigger profit.
Before you hire a contractor for repairs, follow these steps to avoid potential fraud:
  • Get more than one estimate.
  • Get everything in writing.
  • Obtain references and check them out.
  • Never pay in full or sign a completion certificate before work is completed and you've confirmed it's code-compliant.


 


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08/07/2015 4:50am

The more one knows about the world the more one get to know about himself or herself and this the main purpose of education that one starts to think more critically about things around one and the ways in which those things are done.

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04/13/2016 12:10pm

Thank you for your sharing. Nice experience. I'm also interested to share something about family insurance.Family insurance products help protect your family when life's accidents happen.

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01/25/2017 12:30am

The number of contractors are doing fraud to the people about roof repairing. And they don’t able to complete the job on time or use the cheap martial which is really damage the entire house. The people who hire someone for roof repairing they have to follow those instructions are listed above.

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03/07/2017 10:46pm

Really appreciate all the stuff made by this blog to let people know more about this topic. I added little more relevant points to my knowledge which definitely going to help me in coming future.

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04/20/2017 5:53am

You should chose a contractor very carefully. It depends on many factors.

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06/10/2017 4:42am

There are many ways to commit a crime. Crime against property, crime against a person, stealing, anti-social behaviour, burglary, bank robbery, fraud etc. The definition of crime is an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and punishable by the law.

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11/08/2017 11:35pm

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11/09/2017 4:54am

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