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Seasonal Repair Scammers Target Kentucky

4 tips to avoid seasonal home repair scammers

Home repair season is here in Kentucky, and, as summer approaches, a scam alert has been issued from the office of the Attorney General.

Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to use caution when hiring door-to-door contractors that promise too-good-to-be-true deals. Beshear says those “deals” can quickly turn into home improvement scams.

Over the past two years, Beshear’s office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties, including Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson, Jefferson, McCracken, Shelby and Warren Counties.

Fly-by-night businesses and door-to-door scam contractors take advantage of the home repair season by guaranteeing low prices and requesting upfront payment. But those contractors provide low-quality work or never complete the work, Beshear said, and sometimes demand thousands more than the agreed upon price.

Beshear said not all door-to-door salespersons are scammers, but Kentuckians should exercise caution. Before committing to a door-to-door sales pitch, take time to follow these tips:

  1. Be wary of a low-price quote
  2. Verify and check online reviews
  3. Avoid upfront payment
  4. Do not fall for high-pressure tactics

To find more about these scams, read the full report here.

Jenna Walker
Communications Specialist

(606) 365-3555 Ext: 19405