Recent ice storms bring unwanted home repair scammers

  • Regina Morrison Newman is the Shelby County Trustee.

Provided the harm still left behind by the ice storm that hit Shelby County before this thirty day period, this subject matter is specifically timely.

So a lot of individuals are working with injury to their houses from the ice storm – trees falling on their households, frozen pipes bursting and producing drinking water destruction, even fires prompted by electric power surges as MLGW acquired power turned back on. Based on the amount of money and variety of harm, folks are desperate to get it repaired. Enter the unscrupulous “home repair” people.

Lots of situations we get to out to buddies and family for tips. Most of the reputable people are booked for weeks if not months, specifically right after a weather occasion like we experienced. Sadly, that leaves the fly-by-night home mend scammers driving neighborhoods searching for houses with destruction and offering their products and services. They promise to be out there quickly and to do the perform for significantly less cash than the ones you would have to wait weeks 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 ask for money up entrance for “supplies” and disappear. They may perhaps give you a handwritten “contract” with dubious language that is open up to interpretation about the quantity really owed. Our seniors appear to be preferred targets of these people.

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In accordance to the Much better Business Bureau, in 2021, 22 “dwelling enhancement” cons had been noted to our fraud-tracker by Shelby County consumers for a decline of $74,317.56.  All of these losses were documented by seniors. Most of these have been storm chasers, or fly-by-evening “contractors” who took cash and never returned.