Recent ice storms bring unwanted home repair scammers

Kennith Bogan
  • Regina Morrison Newman is the Shelby County Trustee.

Given the problems remaining guiding by the ice storm that strike Shelby County earlier this month, this subject is particularly timely.

So quite a few folks are dealing with harm to their households from the ice storm – trees falling on their households, frozen pipes bursting and creating h2o injury, even fires induced by power surges as MLGW acquired power turned again on. Based on the amount and variety of destruction, individuals are determined to get it repaired. Enter the unscrupulous “home repair” individuals.

Several situations we get to out to friends and family for suggestions. Most of the trustworthy individuals are booked for weeks if not months, especially just after a weather party like we had. However, that leaves the fly-by-evening house repair scammers driving neighborhoods searching for homes with damage and offering their companies. They guarantee to be offered instantly and to do the work for much less money than the types you would have to hold out months for. Really do not be fooled.

A fallen tree is cleared from Central Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, in Memphis. The tree fell due to ice and blocked the road completely. Memphis could see up to a half-inch of ice today as a result of Winter Storm Landon.

Some will inquire for dollars up front for “supplies” and vanish. They may perhaps give you a handwritten “contract” with dubious language that is open up to interpretation about the quantity essentially owed. Our seniors appear to be favourite targets of these folks.

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In accordance to the Far better Business Bureau, in 2021, 22 “household advancement” ripoffs had been described to our fraud-tracker by Shelby County consumers for a loss of $74,317.56.  All of these losses had been described by seniors. Most of these were storm chasers, or fly-by-night time “contractors” who took money and under no circumstances returned.

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