Repair scammers out in force in Tucson area after monsoon storms, BBB warns

Officials say don't pay upfront for 'monsoon deals'
2013-07-22T00:00:00Z 2013-07-22T08:38:44Z Repair scammers out in force in Tucson area after monsoon storms, BBB warnsAngela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona has issued an alert, warning consumers of monsoon repair scams.

The scammers typically show up at houses that were damaged during a monsoon storm, where they offer a low estimate to fix the damage. They then ask for part of the fee upfront and disappear with the money.

The BBB reminds homeowners in need of repair that most licensed contractors don't knock on doors looking for work.

If somebody does knock on the door offering services and claims to have done work for neighbors, don't take his word for it. Instead, ask the neighbor about it.

Then, make sure it's a legitimate company, the BBB says. Get the name and address of the company the person represents, and check its licensing with the Registrar of Contractors at www.azroc.gov

At bbb.org, the status of a business can also be checked. Click on the Accredited Business Directory to get a list of local BBB accredited companies that can help with monsoon-related repairs.

Get quotes from different contractors and companies before making a final decision.

Don't give in to sales tactics in person or over the phone with contractors who offer special "monsoon deals," the BBB says.

Finally, do not pay cash in full before work begins.

Those who believe they have been victims of a monsoon repair scam should email info@tucson.bbb.org or call the BBB at 888-5353.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at apitteng@azstarnet.com or 573-4137.

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