Unscrupulous Contractors

August 6, 2006

“Transient criminals” is the technical term to describe contractors ripping of the general public. The scam artists roll up to a home or establishment and tell you they have just finished a project a few streets over. They have the crew and materials from the last job and offer to do the same for you for a great price. The down-payment is made and either they never show up again, partial work is done, or the job is done in a bogus fashion. When this occurs, many people don’t know what to do or where to turn. If you are a contractor, I suggest offering this number to a potential customer to give them addition peace of mind about your work. 800-321-2752 is the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT). SWIFT teams are able to move in quickly and investigate a situation to see if there has been a violation. Provide this number to a customer that does not come a referral and it will provide extra peace of mind- showing them you are not cut from this type of cloth.

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