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Summertime: a prime time for con artists

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The summer months signal a time of vacation of relaxation, but as a reminder for all consumers, con artists are never on vacation…

Thieves use the changing season to change up their schemes.

While storm chasers track down changing weather, some con artists travel to storm-damaged neighborhoods.

They make offers to repair roofs or clear downed trees. They offer prompt work and take immediate payment, but ultimately offer little or no work.

Another summertime con involves vacation homes. Con artists will commonly place ads for a summer rental property that is not actually available to rent.  The thief tells prospective renters to wire a deposit before they’ve seen the property.

It happens every summer where someone will approach you, posing as a driveway paver and make the claim of ‘leftover’ asphalt or concrete at a really good price.

Typically the work is shoddy at best.

There’s a problem if someone pressures you to act immediately. 

Also, any request for payment via wire transfer, money order or gift cards just sounds shady.

Claims that are too good to be true catches a lot of consumer and never do business with someone who doesn’t offer contact information.

You can file a complaint with your Attorney General’s Office and get more information on how to protect yourself from con artists who want to separate you from your money.

For more information call 1-800-282-0515

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