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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Beware of Solicitor’s and Home Repair Fraud

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The August 10th weather disaster has increased the number of people posting signs for home repair and other services that may not be legitimate.  Each resident should be aware that door-to-door solicitation in the City of Oak Forest is restricted.  Any organization wishing to apply for a solicitor’s license must do so in the City Clerk’s Office.  If approved, there are monthly licensing fees. 

Additionally, residents can pick up a NO SOLICITORS INVITED sticker from City Hall. 

Avoiding Home Repair Fraud

Please use extreme caution when confronted with the following warning signs of a potential scam:

  1. Door-to-door salespeople with no local connections who offer to do home repair work for substantially less than the market price.
  2. Solicitations for repair work from a company that lists only a telephone number or a post office box number to contact, particularly if it is an out-of-state company.
  3. Contractors who fail to provide references when requested.
  4. People who offer to inspect your home for free. Do not admit anyone into your home unless he or she can present authentic identification establishing his or her business status. When in doubt, do not hesitate to call the worker’s employer to verify his or her identity.
  5. Contractors who demand cash payment for a job or ask you to make a check payable to a person other than the owner or company name.
  6. Offers from a contractor to drive you to the bank to withdraw funds to pay for the work.

Additional Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights information can be found on the fact sheet from Kwame Raoul, Illinois Attorney General.

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