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SCAM ALERT

With temperatures on the rise, Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to use caution when hiring door-to-door contractors that promise too-good-to-be-true deals. Beshear says those “deals” can quickly turn into home improvement scams.

Over the past two years, Beshear’s office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties, including Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson, Jefferson, McCracken, Shelby and Warren Counties.

Fly-by-night businesses and door-to-door scam contractors take advantage of the home repair season by guaranteeing low prices and requesting upfront payment. But those contractors provide low-quality work or never complete the work, Beshear said, and sometimes demand thousands more than the agreed upon price.

According to Bruce Gadansky, chief operating officer for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Louisville, southern Indiana and western Kentucky, state residents should use trusted local contractors.

In addition to remodels and home improvements, the second most frequently reported scam involves roofing contractors.

Beshear said not all door-to-door salespersons are scammers, but Kentuckians should exercise caution.

To report a scam contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257 and file a complaint online.

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