Home Improvement Scams
When the need arises for improvements or repairs that you can't do foryourself, many people turn to others to do the work. Most of the time theresult is a competent and professional job. But there is a faction ofunscrupulous people out there that will take your money and either leave thejob unfinished or not done at all.
You can avoid many of these pitfalls by using a licensed contractor toconduct home improvement and repairs to you home. But you should know that acontractor license is not the same as an occupational license. In Florida,by law, a contractor's license number must appear on any business proposalor contract. It must also be conspicuously and legibly displayed on thevehicles marked as business vehicles.
Investigators can track down licensed contractors by their number. Criminal charges can be pursued when criminal violations occur and theirlicense can be in jeopardy too. This is a powerful tool as the loss of acontracting license may be more punishment than incarceration.
Con Artists may...