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OPD obtain warrant for roofing contractor accused of scams
The Odessa Police Department has obtained a felony of theft warrant for a roofing contractor accused of scamming people in the area. Ramon Arroyo-Lerma, 51, is wanted and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call (432) 333-TIPS.
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U.S. judge voids World Trade Center contractor’s fraud conviction
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Canadian executive whose steel company won nearly $ 1 billion of contracts to help rebuild the World Trade Center in New York has persuaded a U.S. judge to overturn his conviction for defrauding a program intended to help minorities …
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Complaints made about Shropshire Council’s contractors in Wem
Complaints have been made about the behaviour of Shropshire Council’s contractors who have been carrying out roadworks near Wem. The complaints have been received by Wem Rural Parish Council, and they include the poor attitude shown towards residents while …
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Latest Contractor Scams News

Pinellas sheriff steps in to start policing contractors
While law enforcement steps up its role, the licensing agency’s role will be mostly limited to investigating permitting complaints and issuing contractors’ licenses. This new agreement comes after a series of Tampa Bay Times reports that raised questions …
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Unlicensed contractor accused of failing to complete repairs costing thousands
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Derrick Bradford with residential contractor fraud. They say a homeowner contacted Bradford to make various repairs to her home in September 2016, in a contract totaling $ 22,569.50. Deputies say the victim …
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How to Spot a Contractor Fraud
It’s a busy time for a lot of contractors here in the Sacramento Area. Due to the powerful storms and large amounts of rain, many residents are having a difficult time finding a contractor as soon as possible. This time makes it easy for con-artists to …
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Latest Home Improvement Scams News

Report: Owners Most at Risk of Home Improvement Scams
Home improvement projects present the biggest opportunity for scammers to take advantage of homeowners, according to the Better Business Bureau’s Risk Index. Victims of home improvement scams lost an average of $ 1,400 from shady contractors, painters …
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He lost more than ,000 in home improvement scam
It was a rainy February afternoon when Billy Smiley answered a knock on the front door of his Indianapolis home. Three men on his stoop told the elderly retiree that his gutters were leaking and his roof was in bad shape. They were trying to earn some …
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Better Business Bureau says home improvements scams are the most risky during the summer
Summertime is popular for home improvement scams, according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB calls it the riskiest kind of scam, with the victim losing an average of $ 1,400. The BBB measured exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss in its Risk Index.
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Better Business Bureau introduces ‘Monsoon Center’ to prevent storm-related scams

Better Business Bureau introduces ‘Monsoon Center’ to prevent storm-related scams
contractors coming in from out of state. They’re hoping to prey on people who need help right away,” said Felicia Thompson with the BBB. The scam tracker can show you any scams, including monsoon-related ones, happening in your area. “It’s important to …
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Oregon Contractor Jailed on Theft, Racketeering Charges
(AP) — A Central Oregon contractor has been indicted on racketeering and theft … Thraen pursued a criminal case after tracking down other clients who had similar complaints. McClean has not entered a plea. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held …
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Contractor swindles local homeowners
Two local homeowners say they paid a Jacksonville contractor tens of thousands of dollars for work … the department cannot confirm or deny the existence of any complaints or investigations against licensed professionals until 10 days after probable …
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Attorney General Madigan Warns Illinois Residents to be on Alert for Flood-related Repair Scams
“As residents assess damage from severe rain and flooding, it is important to remember that scam artists often target homeowners and businesses with repair scams,” Madigan said. “I encourage people to be cautious before hiring contractors they do not …
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Latest Contractor Scams News

BMC road scam: FIR against 6 contractors soon
If you are being experiencing bumpy rides on Mumbai’s arterial roads for long time, here is the reason. An FIR is going to be filed against 6 contractors for scamming the city. Watch the video to know more.
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Contractors warn of possible storm damage scams
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – With crops, buildings and cars damaged by the large hail across the area Thursday night, area contractors want people to be on the look out for possible scams. Ledegar Roofing in La Crosse says it’s common to see people from out of …
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Rainwater desiltation: 12 more contractors arrested for fraud
Hyderabad: City police on Monday arrested 12 more contractors for their involvement in the scam related to desiltation of rainwater drains in the central zone. Earlier, the Central Crime Station (CCS) sleuths had arrested 18 contractors and 13 engineers of …
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Sandy-related contractor complaints piling up | Di Ionno
Voicemails that say “leave your number and I’ll call you back,” are the final lie in a litany of broken promises.” Weeds now envelop the pile of broken concrete slab where Nancy Wirtz’s home once stood. A swing set, bowed and rusted from neglect, is the …
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Marlin Service Catches Plumbing Scams

You always want to be able to trust any service technicians who come to your home with the goal of repair something. Unfortunately, finding trustworthy people isn’t always the case. In this video, we show how Marlin Services partners with Inside Edition to catch these crooks in the act. Thankfully, we found the there was a good percentage of companies who fixed the exact problem without over charging or scamming the homeowner. Watch and see what you need to look out for!

Marlin Services is a company that you can always trust!
So contact us today to schedule any repairs you need.

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COLUMBUS (Tom Sussi) — ABC 6/FOX 28 Investigators flipped the switch on electricians. What the hidden cameras captured might shock you, and make you think twice before running out and hiring an electrician to come to your home.Investigators rented a house in Hilliard and had the home’s electrical system thoroughly inspected by a veteran licensed electrician. ABC 6/FOX 28 then created a minor problem in the circuit breaker box our expert says is an easy fix: we loosened the wire to a circuit breaker. As a result, it caused some of the outlets in the kitchen not to work. David Diehl owns DA Electrical Incorporated, and teaches the trade at Columbus State College. He said the electrical system is working just fine, except for the loose wire. Diehl says flipping the breaker to its correct position without tightening the loose wire doesn’t fix the problem. In fact, failing to detect the loose wire he says could lead to bigger problems. “It could damage the breaker; it could damage the conductor; and then you’ll have to run a new line or pay for panel damage,” said Diehl. “You could spend any where from 00 to 00 to ,500 to ,000.” ABC 6/FOX 28 producers made appointments with eight electricians from major companies, to individuals off Craigslist.Five of the eight electricians we called found the loose wire, and just charged us for a service call. They averaged just over a 00 a piece. Only one of the contractors recommended we buy a new breaker. A technician with a major company checked all of the outlets in the kitchen, and the circuit breaker box downstairs. He told our producer “everything’s working. Could have a loose connection.” The problem is he never checked for a loose connection. Investigator Tom Sussi asked, “why didn’t you check that in the first place?” He said “because I found a problem with the breaker. It didn’t go on.”A contractor we found on Craigslist did the same thing. He flipped on the circuit breaker, but never spotted the loose wire. On this Craigslist ad, he claims he’s a licensed electrician. But when asked if he was licensed, he said no.Claiming to be a licensed commercial contractor, according to Ohio Department of Commerce, is illegal, and could result in stiff civil penalties through the State Attorney General’s Office.Another contractor hired off Craigslist said we had bad outlets in the kitchen, and wanted to charge 00. When Investigator Tom Sussi confronted him, he quickly packed up his tools and walked to his truck.There are some things you can do to make sure you don’t hire a bad electrician.For starters, make sure they’re licensed,insured and bonded. Make sure the work comes with some sort of guarantee. And if it’s a costly repair, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion.
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How to avoid home improvement scams

How to avoid home improvement scams
Now that warmer weather is here, your thoughts naturally turn to all of the around-the-house projects soon to occupy your weekends. Certainly a little help wouldn’t hurt, but be careful whom you hire: Along with the crocuses, spring is also the season …
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Home improvement scams top BBB’s list of costliest schemes
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Consumer Protection Week is underway across the country and the Better Business Bureau is warning people that home improvement scams are the riskiest scams in the country. New data from the BBB shows scams have gone high-tech, but …
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Widow Dials The Wrong Number For A Funeral Home, Guy Who Answers Impersonates An Employee And Scams Her Out Of $2k To Bury Her Husband

Widow Dials The Wrong Number For A Funeral Home, Guy Who Answers Impersonates An Employee And Scams Her Out Of k To Bury Her Husband
He’s 49, owns a bogus home improvement company, still dresses like a 20 year … He took a few minutes to put on his thinking cap and come up with a quick scam. Kenny figured he could impersonate a funeral home employee in order to get his …
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Fraudulent blacktop contractors targeting central Kentucky residents, attorney general’s office says
Before you complete any large home improvement project, consider getting multiple quotes … One of Beshear’s top priorities is to protect Kentuckians, especially senior citizens from scams, abuse and exploitation. Beshear said the best way to stay …
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Attorney General taking legal action against 31 unregistered home improvement contractors
Home improvement contractors who earn more than $ 5,000 a year … homeowners to call the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-888-520-6680. or use email at scam@attorneygeneral.gov to report a problem contractor. “Call or email us. Let me know how …
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Dennis Horton: We’re all vulnerable to scams

Dennis Horton: We’re all vulnerable to scams
The analysis shows men were more vulnerable than women in seven of the top 10 scam categories. Among them: home improvement scams, fake checks and money orders, employment scams, online purchases and advance fee loan scams. And I bet that you, like me …
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Scam Alert: Summertime Scams
With the summer recreation and travel season here, its time to look at some seasonal tips and review a few dangerous vacation scams. The arrival of summer can be an opportunity for home improvements, a vacation, or a purchase of a new car or recreational …
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How to avoid home improvement scams
Now that warmer weather is here, your thoughts naturally turn to all of the around-the-house projects soon to occupy your weekends. Certainly a little help wouldn’t hurt, but be careful whom you hire: Along with the crocuses, spring is also the season …
Read more on Consumer Reports

Latest Contractor Scams News

Baton Rouge contractor arrested, reportedly committed fraud against flood victim
BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge contractor was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly failed to make repairs on a flood victim’s home. According to arrest records, Joseph Armant, 35, owner of RJ Custom Home & Interior, Inc., was arrested after a complaint was …
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Corruption watchdog to probe alleged TAFE scam involving V/Line
The alleged scam involving an educational contractor may have ripped off dozens of regional Victorian students and potentially cost the state millions. The Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission said on Tuesday it would hold public hearings for …
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