Beware Home Improvement Scams
August 3rd, 2015 by beasleyferber
This month’s issue of The AARP Bulletin has an article about a home improvement scams that target seniors with diminished mental capacity. We have all heard of cases like this: a contractor comes to the door, and then promises to fix the roof, clean out the attic, paint the house, replace the windows, etc., and then come back and do the same job time and time again. They prey on seniors who have memory problems. They target houses with wheelchair ramps, handicapped placards for carss, lawn figurines and unkempt yards. Apparently, these factors tip them off that a “target” might be living in the house.
Obviously, seniors with diminished mental capacity cannot fend for themselves and protect themselves from these criminals. The article points out that it is up to friends, family and neighbors to do so. Neighbors tend to know which seniors on their streets are vulnerable, and should be on the lookout for contractor’s trucks repeatedly parked in the driveway or on the street in front of the house. It is not easy to do, but concerned neighbors can then step in to help, either by talking to the senior citizen, asking to see the written contract, calling family members, or even the police in a suspicious case.