Posts Tagged ‘scam prevention’

Duct Cleaning Scams Revealed! | Homer Glen, Hanover Park, Plainfield

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Warning Signs of a Scam Artist

  • Extremely Low Pricing
  • Door to Door Solicitation
  • Pushy Sales Tactics
  • Failure to Provide References when Asked
  • No NADCA Certification
  • Low BBB Rating

The Season for Deception

As winter approaches, homeowners begin to prepare themselves for the long hours spent indoors during the cold months in Chicago. We get our furnaces tuned-up, weather-strip the windows and doors, and some of us may even have the duct work cleaned in order to improve the indoor air quality. It is not uncommon for scam artists to come out of the woodwork at this time of year, and this year has been no different. Once again, another scam artist has been uncovered in the duct cleaning industry, and the Better Business Bureau has completed a thorough investigation. (more…)

Air Conditioner Maintenance Scam | Plainfield, Woodridge, Elgin

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Cleaning and maintaining the air conditioner is an important part of your home’s yearly maintenance checks. Having the system properly cleaned does wonders for its longevity, efficiency, and reliability, and neglecting your air conditioner can lead to costly breakdowns. However, the state of the economy has many of us pinching our pennies and getting the best deal possible on services like your air conditioner maintenance is more important than ever before. While searching for coupons and discounts, it is still important to choose a legitimate contractor for your air conditioning maintenance services. There is a scam out there that preys on bargain hunters and unless you know what to look for, you could find yourself falling for this “too good to be true” scam.

Price Cutting Coupons

Right now there are illegitimate heating and cooling companies generating and sending out hundreds of maintenance coupons. These coupons offer prices as low as $20 for a full air conditioning maintenance check and tune-up. Before you call up the company and schedule the service, ask yourself, is this too good to be true? The answer is most likely yes, and this is why. The cost of having a serviceman drive to your home and spend at least an hour performing a skilled service costs the company a lot more than $20 to do. This would not even cover the cost of paying the technician let alone the cost of gas! The company would not pull a profit from selling this service at such a low cost. (more…)

Choose Your Plumbing Pro Wisely | Oakbrook Terrace, Gurnee

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

When your home experiences major plumbing problems, the number one thing on your mind is getting it fixed and getting it fixed now. In all of the confusion and the rush to get the work completed, you may not take the necessary steps to find a reliable and honest contractor. You may be tempted to simply call the first company you come across of the one with the lowest advertized services. However, not doing a thorough background assessment of your plumbing contractor could land you in the middle of scam, and the result is usually incomplete repairs and lost money.

Two Crucial Mistakes

The Cook Country State’s Attorney’s Office recently filed suit against one such plumbing contractor in the Chicagoland area. A local woman, who also happened to be a senior citizen, put her trust in the wrong plumbing contractor and as a result, she lost $2,500 that she is now trying to recover with the help of the State’s Attorney’s Office. This consumer made two key mistakes that you can avoid by simply knowing what to look out for from an illegitimate contractor. (more…)

BBB Warns Consumers of Fraudulent Furnace Maintenance! | Naperville

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

The Better Business Bureau recently has been trying to get the word out about heating contractors that are scamming customers by offering falsely low pricing on their yearly maintenance services. They are taking a page out of the duct cleaner book of fraudulent tactics and placing false advertisements in the mail, online, and pretty much anywhere else where you, the consumer, may fall prey. You are drawn in by the low price and once in your home, the “servicemen” are finding massive problems with the furnaces they are cleaning. From cracked heat exchangers to blown out blower motors, the BBB have found that many of these problems don’t actually exist. The unknowing consumer hands over hundreds more than they bargained for, and it was all just a scam.

Affordable and Honest Service from Four Seasons

At Four Seasons, we offer clean and checks for $89.95 with the coupon you can find on this site or in your mail or weekly papers. This price is more than a bargain for everything that is included in our 20+point tune ups and it comes with a no breakdown guarantee. The fraudulent companies that are out there may try to offer you the same service for $20 or maybe even cheaper, but we want to reinforce the BBB’s warning that this is nothing but a scam. Place your money with a company that has years of experience and an A+ rating with the BBB. (more…)