Be Consumer Smart This Spring
As we break free from winter, home
improvement projects get underway and people start searching classified ads/online listings
for varying items; like a new puppy or even a car. With this spike in activity comes
greater consumer risk. Here, we have identified some key areas to
take added caution.
Home Improvement Projects
putting the money down to improve your home, spend a little time
researching to ensure that you don't become a victim of home
improvement fraud, pay a lot of money, and get nothing in return.
Check complaint history at CAP, the BBB, and in neighboring states.
Ask friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers for recommendations.
|Ask the contractor for references and call all of them, asking detailed
questions about the work done, satisfaction, price, time it took to
complete, how they found the contractor etc...|
Pay in increments rather than a large sum or full payment up front.
Be wary of door-to-door solicitors.
Ask thorough questions throughout the process.
| Get agreements in writing!|
Buying/Selling Online or in Local Classifieds
- Deal locally and meet in a safe location in person.
- Never wire transfer funds or share a prepaid card's activation code.
- Don't click on links from unknown senders.
- Never give out your financial information.
- FREE ads should
be free. If you are suddenly required to pay a fee for an
unanticipated circumstance, ignore the ad.
Read as text...
Protect Your Move
the excitement and anticipation of a move, people seldom question the
validity of their moving company and usually do not know their rights
during a move. Whether moving within VT, out of state, or to our
beautiful state, check the legitimacy of a mover before you agree to
hire them for the job of transporting your possessions. The
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends taking
the following precautions:
1) Check that the mover/broker is registered with the FMCSA.
Check the complaint record of a mover/broker at
protectyourmove.gov, bbb.org, and the state where the company is
3) Avoid movers/brokers that do not show their U.S. DOT number (required by FMCSA).
Get a written estimate. Movers must supply a written
estimate and if Brokers supply estimates, they must also be written.
Thoroughly understand the type of liability you sign for and if
it will cover the cost of all your goods if something unexpected
6) Do not sign blank or incomplete documents.
7) Supervise the loading and unloading of your household goods.
tech support scam, just introduced to us late last year, has maintained a
rather steady presence in Vermont. Vermonters,
Leon and Roberta Jaworski contacted CAP to warn of the problem. As
computer savvy citizens, they identified the scam as soon as they
picked up the phone and heard the supposed company claiming to be
"Microsoft" warning of malware on their computer. Continue Reading...
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