BEWARE OF THESE BONE-CHILLING SCHEMES
Anchorage, Alaska — Oct. 25, 2016 — Life isn’t always a treat. In fact, there are tricksters out there and they’ll do almost anything to con you out of your money. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is warning the public about some common fall and winter scams to be on the lookout for:
- Handyman Scam
The trick: A handyman shows up offering seasonal services or small home improvements. Be wary of anyone who takes partial payment upfront and then says they’ll return the next day to complete the job. Often they won’t be back.
- Storm Season
The trick: Watch out for offers from unqualified contractors who show up after a wicked storm with promises of doing quick repairs for a low price. BBB receives complaints each year from consumers who hired contractors that lacked proper registration, training and licensing.
- Charity Cheaters
The trick: A stranger knocks on your door or calls you and before you know it you’re writing a check to a familiar sounding charity. But watch out! This could be a scammer pulling at your heartstrings to make a few bucks. Take time when making a donation and avoid on-the-spot decisions. Reputable organizations will welcome a gift at any time.
- Cold Threats
The trick: During cold weather months’ scammers pose as utility company employees who threaten to shut off your service for unpaid bills. Con artists will usually ask for payment in the form of credit cards, prepaid debit cards, gift cards and even cash. If you are late on your bill, locate your latest bill and contact the utility company directly to make payments.
Anyone who has believes they may have been a victim of one of these scams should contact their local law enforcement and report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.