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Beware of Traveling Contractor Scams in California

The below is from the Contractor State License Board.  Click here for the PDF version on the CSLB site.

There are groups of transient criminals that pose as door-to-door home repair contractors who rip off homeowners throughout California with painting, roofing, and paving scams. Not every door-to-door solicitor or family-owned business operates in this way; however, the Contractors State License Board urges consumers to be wary and to watch for any of these “red flags.”

The Suspects:

• Often related by family, and solicit door-to-door; • Come across as friendly, but can use high-pressure or scare tactics; • Are reluctant to give an up-front price or provide a written contract, and

Increase the price after the project is under way or completed; • Demand payments in cash; • Immediately cash checks (sometimes changing the amount before

Cashing); • Drive customized newer vehicles with out-of-state license plates; • Use toll-free (800) telephone numbers instead of local numbers; • Have post office boxes or suite numbers instead of actual street

Addresses; • Target the vulnerable, like elderly or recent immigrants; and • Offer complimentary inspections and then offer to fix “problems.”

The Scams:

• Claim they have left over material from another job at a cheap price; • Claim they’ll use a “sealant” but actually apply a useless, watery liquid

That they spray on roofs, fences, or driveways; • Push a few new wood shakes under old roofing shakes and apply a

Useless oil; or • Charge by the can for painting and then exaggerate the amount they

Say was used.

Tips to Avoid Being Scammed:

• Watch out for door-to-door solicitations—especially when they want to

Start work immediately; • Be aware that your contractor must notify you of your right to cancel

Within three (3) days of signing a contract; • Be a good neighbor and report any suspicious home improvement

Activity if your neighbor is elderly or otherwise vulnerable; and • Get free information from the CSLB, like “10 Tips for Making Sure Your

Contractor Measures Up.”

If you or a neighbor have hired or been solicited by someone fitting the description of these traveling criminals, please contact the Contractors State License Board in Southern California at (562) 345-7600 or in Northern California at (916) 255-2924.

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