Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Major Long Island Contractor Scam Busted: NY Post
This is big news and every homeowner on Long Island needs to be aware of how many unlicensed contractors are out there, just lining up to take money and not fulfill the work contracted.
From the New York Post:
Nearly four dozen unlicensed Long Island contractors were more skilled at pulling in thousands of dollars for jobs -- than actually doing the work, officials said today.
Nassau DAannounced the results of a 5-week investigation, including the running of a " House" to lure a dozen unlicensed contractors in and capture them on video.
The way many of the scams worked, homeowners were told to fork over cash in advance, and in some cases, demolition work had begun. Shortly after, the contracting company would stop showing up, leaving the customer with a partially destroyed home and no idea what to do next.
cityhammer.com, New York's #1 Remodeling Directory urges Long Island homeowners in need of renovations to heed the words of Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice:
"When you hire an unlicensed contractor, you're rolling the dice."
For a list of qualified home improvement pro's and general contractors on Long Island with licensing information available, click the links below: