Beware Of Appliance Repair Scams
Residents around the country are complaining about being duped out of their money for various appliance repair. Homeowners from Georgia, Florida and New York have been duped hundreds even thousands of dollars by dishonest con-artists pretending to be professional repair men.
A resident of Georgia has complained to police about a service she found on the yellow pages. Her stove was broken and a service she found in the yellow pages responded to her pleas for help immediately. According the homeowner the perpetrator had checked her stove over and asked for $ 300 for the part replacement and $150 for his services. The$300 had to be paid upfront so the homeowner had no choice but to issue a check. According to her, once the check was cashed the pseudo repair man was never heard of again.
Almost exactly the same thing happened to a resident of Florida. Her air-conditioning unit needed work and her unit was checked by an appliance repair service she found on the web. After demanding a $500 upfront payment for the part needed, the repair-man was never seen again.
Many other homeowners have been victimized by the same modus operandi executed by different men pretending to be repair professionals nationwide. Some owners do not report these incidents primarily because they are embarrassed to have been duped so blatantly.
Before hiring any appliance repair service you find on the internet, phone book or even brick and mortar stores, verify first that these business are legitimate. This can be easily done by checking up on your local Business Bureau or by making inquiries at your town hall or city hall. If your family or friends have experience with repair companies, it is also best to go by with their recommendations.
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