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Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir is
advising homeowners to use caution as they begin making decisions about home
repair projects following recent destructive spring storms. Regardless of the
urgency consumers feel to get started with repairs, it is best not to enter
into a contract or agreement lightly.
If someone comes to the door
offering home repair services, consumers should request that they leave
information for them to consider. “Consumers should not feel rushed or
pressured,” said Weir, “If they do then it’s a good time to end the
conversation.” The consumer is in charge and should not be fooled by an offer
or a “deal” that is only good today or this week. The District Attorney’s
website provides a comprehensive list of tips to help consumers make informed
decisions and protect themselves from becoming a crime victim, as well as a
victim of mother nature’s spring storms.
In the wake of weather
disasters, unsuspecting consumers are easy targets for less-than reputable
contractors or professional scammers. “Storm Chasers” or “Travelers” go
door-to-door offering “deals” on home improvement services. After paying for their
services, consumers may be stuck with subpar work, partial performance or
waiting for repairs that may never occur because the contractor skipped town
and may have little legal recourse. These groups often offer lower prices that
may be hard to resist.
“Taking the time you need to do
your homework so that you can make an informed decision, before you enter into a contract is the best way to protect
yourself from becoming the victim of fraud,” said Weir, “Keep in mind that if
the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.”
For additional information contact
the First Judicial District Attorney’s Fraud Hotline 303-271-6980 or Consumer
Fraud Unit, 303-271-6931; or your local law enforcement agency.
District Attorney’s Tips for
Federal Trade Commission:
Better Business Bureau
1020 Cherokee St Denver,
CO 80204(303) 758-2100
Colorado Attorney General
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203
P: 720-508-6000 or
May 9, 2017
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