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Summertime is a favorite season for many people; more time for family fun, get-togethers, vacations, and of course – summer projects! Whether it’s a summer project, repairs needed from a storm or upkeep from regular wear and tear, always be conscientious of who you assign your projects to. Due to an increase in contracting, there has also been a spike in contractor scams. These scammers may offer you a deal on their leftover materials from a previous project, giving you a low-cost deal that is hard to pass up. But be wary- if these deals are too good to be true, they often are. “Hiring” these fraudulent contractors may lead you to pay out money to someone who never completes the job, or simply never starts it. According to an article published by Progressive, warning signs that a contractor is fraudulent include the following:

  • Inadequate or missing licensure
  • Low-cost estimates or bids
  • High-cost deposits and/or advanced cash payments
  • No permanent place of business and/or business address
  • No contract is provided or needed
  • Poor or lack of legitimate references