Every time there’s a huge snow storm, a cold snap, a major fire or extreme weather event, the New Crystal Restoration team knows our phone is going to ring. We’re Westchester County’s most trusted disaster response service; the #1 company to call when you’re going to need help getting your property back to normal.
However, the same disasters that we are called in to help with are also opportunities for con men and scammers to prey on their favorite targets: senior citizens, particularly those who have nicer homes. After a disastrous event, these con men reach out to the elderly, either on the phone or even by knocking on the front door, and very kindly offering their ‘help’. They take advantage of a traumatic event to manipulate senior homeowners into signing a contract for restoration services and often demand a large upfront payment or deposit. Once that deposit hits the con man’s pocket, he hits the road…leaving a senior homeowner with damage to their home AND their bank accounts!
Here are three steps you can take to protect your parents from this kind of scammer: