Appliance Repair Scam
How the scam works:
(with video below) You might not be the handyman kind of person, so you might find a needed appliance repairman through a flyer in your mailbox or even on the Internet. He says he could save you tons of money on a lot of small work that would cost you a little fortune otherwise.
He has a good pitch and says he only uses “the newest parts”. You think it’s worth going ahead and invite him to your house. Once he arrives,he does an 'inspection'. "I know exactly what we need here. I'll go to buy it right away", he says and requests cash to buy the right appliance for the job. "I'll be back in an hour or so", he might say. He will never return to complete the work. Since the amounts of cash lost are never too big, victims usually don't report the scammers, saving embarrassment.
Watch the video below to see in action the Appliance Repair Scam, exposed.
How to avoid:
Ask him to buy the product first and you'll reimburse him. There are several legitimate businesses that have great handymen available, but you have to be careful for the ones that offer services that are too good to be true. Do your research, call a local friend for a referral, or ask for a recommendation on Facebook – you'll definitely find someone reliable.
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