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Bogus Contractors

Con artists are at work everywhere. They have one thing in mind and that is to get your money any way they can.

Most contractors are legitimate but some are not. If you are having repairs made on your home, you should be aware that there are bogus contractors in the home improvement business and their main objective is to take advantage of you. Con artist contractors are just out to make a quick buck.

Bogus contractors are con artists who claim to be legitimate businessmen and women. Some are so bold as to advertise themselves in professional publications as a licensed contractor. In many cases, the license is bogus or they may use the license of a legitimate contractor who is unaware that he or she is being used by a con artist.

They claim to be licensed contractors when, in reality, they are running a scam. The may have just enough knowledge of what a contractor should know to fool you into believing that they are legitimate and know what they are talking about.

This is a real problem. When the economy gets bad and people are out of work and need money, they resort to doing things that are unethical and illegal. They have a lot of time on their hands to think of ways to get your money.

Anyone can be conned but the elderly are particularly vulnerable. They are targeted because they may have a lot of equity in their homes or a lot of retirement savings. This information is easily accessible and scam artists know how to get it and use it to their benefit.

Young people are also easy targets. Many are just starting out and owning a home is their dream. They may buy a home that need repairs or they may want to add a room. Bogus contractors see this as an opportunity and may suggest repairs or improvements that are unnecessary or over priced.

When hiring a contractor, there are some some simple rules that should be followed. As a homeowner, you have to ask the right questions and do a little investigating on your own. Never take anyone's word that they are a licensed contractor. You should check with the contractor's Licensing Board in your state and find out for yourself. And never pay any contractor the total costs of the job up front because he may not come back to complete the work.

If a contractor represents himself as being licensed and you find out that he or she is not, contact your local police department and immediately file a complaint with your state's Contractor's Licensing Board.

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