Better Business Bureau talks rise in home improvement scams

The BBB has tracked 88 home improvement scams in just the last month.
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:25 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - More time at home means more chances to find renovation projects or dream about that long-awaited vacation. Unfortunately, sometimes the eagerness to find the perfect deal can leave people vulnerable to scammers. The BBB offers a word of caution that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Over the last year, cases of Americans signing up for fraudulent services and experiences has reached record levels, leaving people susceptible to financial ruin and heartache.

Better Business Bureau regional director Dennis Horton talked with WIFR on Wednesday about staying vigilant and avoiding potential scams.

“In Illinois, if you have a contract or a project that you want done, if it’s over $1000, by state law, that individual, the contractor, has to provide you with a contract,” said Horton. “You’ll know immediately that you’re dealing with a scammer if that contract isn’t forthcoming.”

Horton says the BBB has tracked 88 home improvement scams in just the last month. He says scammers often use technology to rip people off, using cash apps instead of asking for money up front for the project.

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