May 18, 2022


Anything but ordinary

Recent ice storms bring unwanted home repair scammers

  • Regina Morrison Newman is the Shelby County Trustee.

Supplied the destruction remaining at the rear of by the ice storm that hit Shelby County previously this thirty day period, this topic is particularly timely.

So numerous folks are dealing with hurt to their households from the ice storm – trees slipping on their homes, frozen pipes bursting and creating h2o injury, even fires caused by power surges as MLGW got power turned back on. Depending on the quantity and form of damage, folks are determined to get it fixed. Enter the unscrupulous “home repair” people.

Numerous instances we reach out to pals and loved ones for recommendations. Most of the dependable people are booked for weeks if not months, specifically just after a weather occasion like we experienced. Unfortunately, that leaves the fly-by-evening property restore scammers driving neighborhoods hunting for households with harm and supplying their services. They promise to be obtainable quickly and to do the perform for fewer cash than the kinds you would have to hold out months for. Never be fooled.

A fallen tree is cleared from Central Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, in Memphis. The tree fell due to ice and blocked the road completely. Memphis could see up to a half-inch of ice today as a result of Winter Storm Landon.

Some will talk to for money up entrance for “supplies” and disappear. They may possibly give you a handwritten “contract” with doubtful language that is open up to interpretation about the sum actually owed. Our seniors appear to be to be favourite targets of these people.

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In accordance to the Superior Business Bureau, in 2021, 22 “home advancement” frauds ended up documented to our scam-tracker by Shelby County consumers for a decline of $74,317.56.  All of these losses ended up reported by seniors. Most of these were being storm chasers, or fly-by-evening “contractors” who took cash and in no way returned.