As the home improvement season approaches, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit is sending out a reminder to home owners - particularly the elderly: Be aware of possible home improvement scams and frauds!
Beware of the con artist - or traveling groups of con artists - who offer to do the following common home improvement projects:
These types of home improvement projects are common scams for traveling swindlers who pose as legitimate businesses, but conveniently disappear when the job is over. Homeowners are left with defective and faulty products and repair jobs with no means of recovering their losses.
As common targets of scams, the elderly should be particularly cautious when contracting for home repairs. By following a few common sense precautions, chances of becoming a victim of fraud can be significantly reduced:
The home improvement scheme is just one of many schemes that are used to swindle money from people. Confident persons or con-artists are experts in human behavior, and they will try to exploit their victim's ambitions and weaknesses. Their schemes often take advantage of a person's desire to get something for nothing.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Community Services Section offers many free education and safety awareness programs to the community. For more information about these programs, call the Community Services Section at 534-0980.
A text only version of this release is also available.