North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
TO NC SENIOR CONSUMER FRAUD TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Senior Fraud Alert: NC - Based Home Repair Fraud Group Active
Below please find an alert that was issued this morning by Attorney General Roy Cooper. The home repair fraud ring in question was based in communities just east and north of Raleigh, but it operated throughout the state and as far north as Maryland. According to various law enforcement members of the Senior Fraud Task Force, several members of that home repair fraud ring have not mended their ways despite having to spend time in prison for their earlier misdeeds. They are also teaching younger individuals how to run the scams.
Many of these fraud artists’ recent scams can be found on pages 11 and 12 of the Senior Frauds booklet: http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/bf89e24b-8c8d-4784-ad50-3d9ed2d0b6ed/Scams-and-Frauds-List-5-10.aspx. Recent losses reportedly range from $20,000 to over $100,000 per elderly home owner.
HOME REPAIR FRAUDSTERS BACK IN ACTION
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Members of a home repair fraud ring broken up by law enforcement in the 1990’s are out of jail and appear to be back to their old tricks. The group was very active throughout North Carolina, scamming hundreds of elderly homeowners out of as much as $50,000 to $100,000 each for unnecessary repairs, before local, state, and federal law enforcement stopped them.
Unfortunately, our office has heard of two Raleigh homeowners who lost several thousand dollars to these fraudsters in recent weeks. Local authorities are investigating those incidents, and we’d like to prevent other consumers from becoming victims.
Telltale signs that a homeowner is being scammed by these criminals include:
If you or someone you know may be a victim of this home repair fraud ring, report it to local law enforcement and building code officials immediately. To file a complaint with our office, call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within NC or visit www.ncdoj.gov.
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Date: August 9, 2011
David N. Kirkman
NC Senior Consumer
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