Loveland Magazine

Senior Citizens often fall prey to Seasonal Door-To-Door Scams, BBB Warns

[quote_center]“They didn’t return and also stole my gas leaf blower and a rake”[/quote_center]

The scam pops up every year when the weather turns nice-you get a knock on the door, and on the other side is someone offering to seal your driveway, trim your trees, or repair your roof. Many times, these itinerant workers take your money but don’t do the work. And more times than not, they target senior citizens.

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and BBB is providing tips which explain how scammers take advantage of consumers which will help you, your family and your friends avoid paying for jobs that won’t get done.

One elderly Central Ohio woman was recently approached at her home with the offer of having her driveway sealed. She told BBB, “He told me that because my driveway wasn’t very big and that I was a senior citizen that if I would pay cash, I could get $10 off of the services. I told the man, Todd Thornhill, that I didn’t keep very much cash on me and I could pay only $100 in cash and the other by check which I wrote in the amount of $130 paid to him. They only completed half of my driveway and told me they had to get more seal coat and would be right back. They didn’t return and also stole my gas leaf blower and a rake.”

Here are some of the most common methods scammers use to urge consumers, especially the elderly, into giving up their money, property or personal information.

The shared theme of all these tactics is they prey on the emotions of the victim. Scammers are practiced in the art of manipulation and persuasion, so making yourself and family members aware of the red flags is an easy yet important way to avoid falling for these schemes. Take the time to evaluate the offer – and the emotions the pitch is designed to illicit.

Be on the lookout for these red flags:

Checking with BBB for a BBB Business Review is an easy and effective way for consumers to avoid becoming victims. Go to bbb.org for Business Reviews on companies in Ohio and across the country, and visit bbbhomehelp.com for tips and resources for home improvements.

For more information you can trust visit us at bbb.org/centralohio or on Facebook and Twitter. BBB continues to seek help form the public on Joshua Nicholas dba NG Crown Roofing and Paving. If you have any information about this company, please email llanigan@centralohio.bbb.org or call our offices at 614-486-6531BBB continues to seek help form the public on Joshua Nicholas dba NG Crown Roofing and Paving. If you have any information about this company, please email llanigan@centralohio.bbb.org or call our offices at 614-486-6531

 

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