Storm chasers look for consumers in desperate need of home repair and pressure them into making quick and ultimately expensive decisions, the AG's office said in a statement.
The Nebraska Better Business Bureau echoed the warning. An Omaha-based company hired what they thought was a local roofing repair company to fix a roof leak. For $2,500, the leak was repaired with liquid rubber, which broke down into black gunk and didn't fix the leak. The company used a fake Omaha address.
The Federal Trade Commission notes these warning signs of a potentially scheming contractor:
- accepts payment by cash only.
- pressures consumers into quick decisions.
- makes lengthy guarantees for work.
- requires full payment upfront.