Posted by DJ on December 12, 1998 at 14:36:36:
Unfortunately, it sounds like your old person has been taken by one of the oldest scams in the book! There are
alot of Crooked contractors who move into an area, and target elderly people only! They will tap out as many
victims as possible, and then move on! Chances are, you will probably never get the money back! The best thing you can hope for is to atleast get the work done,
if he hasn’t skipped town! If he is a local resident,
you should be able to track him down. Did the lady get a written contract? I hope so! Did she get references?
If so, call some of them and tell them what has happened! This will not only ruin his reputation, and knock him out of any further business with them, but they might know where to find him, (if you can’t find him that is). You can also go to your local courthouse
and file a judgement against him, which will hurt his credit. If you get a judgement, you can also put a lein on his property, (i.e.,home, equipment, vehicles,
etc.,). As I said, you may never get the money back, but you can put a little pressure on him. Are there
any local news channels in your area who have an investigative team who looks into scams and such?
We have one here, and they eat this kind of stuff up!
Believe me, the last thing he wants is to have his name
and his company exposed for scam on public T.V.!
I wish you luck in your pursuit against this guy! I happen to be a contractor myself, and it’s people like him that make us honest guys look bad!