NC Attorney General ‘really concerned’ about scams targeting homeowners
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Your home sometimes seems to have a never-ending to-do list. When you need help, how do you know you’re not being scammed?
It seems scams are everywhere these days. Between robocalls and fake emails, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real.
“We know that con artists are out there trying all kinds of new tricks of the trade to get at your money, get at your assets,” said AARP state director Doug Dickerson.
Dickerson says the big scam during hurricane season is home repairs. Someone claiming to be a contractor will offer to fix a storm damaged home, collect a down payment from the homeowner, and then never do the work.
North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein says this is on the rise.
“We’ve been averaging about 700 complaints the last three years, but we’re seeing an uptick this year. And so, we’re really concerned about it,” said Stein.
Stein believes this could be due to an improving economy. Homeowners have more money in their pockets, and are willing to spend more of it.
During a telephone town hall in Wilmington, AARP members could listen over the phone or watch via Facebook live, and ask their own questions.
The AARP, Better Business Bureau, and Attorney General Stein all agreed there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
“Don’t just do business with whoever knocks on your door. Ask friends, ask family, get references of different companies, get three or four bids that are in writing that describe the work and the cost,” said Stein.
Stein says to make sure you enroll on the do-not-call list. This way you know that any company that contacts you by phone is not legitimate.
He also says get a contract, and maybe even have that contract reviewed by a lawyer.