Ariz. A.G. Warns of Storm Scams

September 7, 2004

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizona residents to be wary of fraudulent home repair contractors offering their services to consumers who have experienced storm damage to their homes.

The monsoon season not only brings wind, rain and dust, these storms also attract unlicensed contractors, including roofers, pool companies, and landscapers, that reportedly offer inexpensive home repairs and improvements to residents who have been victims of recent storms. Many of these contractors reportedly stop by unexpectedly and say they have extra supplies they want to use up, or claim they have been working in the neighborhood and have time to fix any storm damage.

The consumer is given a verbal quote, but never a written estimate for the job. Once completed, the homeowner reportedly receives a final bill that is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars more than the original quote. These contractors demand immediate payment, and in some cases refuse to leave, making the consumers feel pressured into paying the full amount.

If residents experience this type of activity, they should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by visiting the Web site at and submitting an online “Consumer Complaint”.

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