Ask for several written estimates and references for any work that you need done.
Call those references.
Don’t give anyone any money until the work is done to your satisfaction.
If you have not contacted an individual to finish household repairs, do not authorize any repairs and do not give in to their pressure.
Never give anyone your credit card number, social security or bank account information.
Don’t fall for anything that sounds “too good to be true”.
Never withdraw money to give to anyone for promises of receiving more money or to assist someone claiming to be a bank examiner.
Although anyone can be a victim of fraud, as people grow older, their chances of being targets of frauds and con games increases.
Some of the most recent “scams” involve door-to-door salesmen, home repair and lottery or sweepstakes. If in doubt, call the Better Business Bureau and Police Department to determine if the individual or company is legitimate.