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April 29, 2014 â€“ The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock warns Arkansans of the threat of Fly-By-Night Contractors. Following disasters such as tornadoes, one of the untold costs are those associated with fraud. Often â€śfly-by-nightâ€ť contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the homeowners by swindling them out of their limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Hereâ€™s a warning that may save you from another disaster: fly-by-night contractors.
Signs that a contractor could be trying to take advantage of you:
Youâ€™re told that on this job, a contract â€śwonâ€™t be necessary.â€ť
Youâ€™re asked to pay for the entire job â€śup frontâ€ť â€” or pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check or money order to a company.
You are confronted with scare tactics, intimidation or threats.
Youâ€™re told youâ€™ve been â€śchosenâ€ť as a demonstration project at a special, low price.
Youâ€™re told a â€śspecialâ€ť low price is good only if you sign a contract today.
The contractor wonâ€™t give you references â€” or the references canâ€™t be located.
You canâ€™t verify the contractorâ€™s business address.