find scams

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.

Appliance Repair Scam Video

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.

Make your friends and family aware of this scam by sharing it, using the buttons provided.

Add Your Comment

Editor's Choice

submit a scam button


Scam Detector Gives Back To The Community

Scam Detector recently partnered with Travel by Dart, an inspirational web-series where two friends blindfoldedly throw a dart at the world map and travel wherever it lands, with the purpose of helping the land or the people. Click HERE or on the image below to watch the trailer of the series!