NCSO says 'watch out for scams'

WORTHINGTON – This time of year, there are often companies that come into an area to offer services such as house or barn painting and driveway blacktopping. A friendly reminder from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office says residents need to exercise caution with these companies, which can be scam artists. Not every company is out to rip people off, but there are a few bad ones out there.

In order to protect yourself, the sheriff’s office offers a few suggestions. Most importantly, never pay for work before it has been fully completed. Chances are an unscrupulous person or company will ask for an advance, then take off with your cash before doing any work. There have also been tales of work started and never finished, leaving the homeowner to out-of-pocket more money to a local company to get the work done.

Check credentials, and never let a company pressure you into a quick hire because ‘a deal’ is only available right at that moment. A reputable company isn’t going to insist that money be handed over immediately or the price will go up.

Protect yourself from a con artist by knowing the facts about any company that comes knocking on your door before you make any kind of payment. And anytime a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Make sure work is being done to your satisfaction, with quality parts and products.

If you think a company is trying to scam you, contact the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office at 507-372-8430.

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