Warnings against Home Repair Fraud
By Associated Press. CREATED Jun 1, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials are warning residents about unauthorized home repair workers who intend to rip homeowners off.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says these workers often show up at people's doors after a major storm and offer to do driveway, siding, roofing or paint work at an attractive price.
The department says the workers often ask for upfront pay but never finish their promised job. They also are known to steal homeowners' valuables by offering free indoor inspections.
Officials say homeowners should never let these workers in or give into their sales tactics. Homeowners should call police immediately if someone starts a job on their property without permission.