Home Repair and Construction Fraud
What is Construction Fraud?
Construction fraud occurs if a person engaged in construction knowingly:
- Obtains money, property or labor by false pretense.
- Receives payments and fails to state his own true name, or states a false name, contractor’s license number, address or telephone number of the person offering a service.
- Diverts money or commits any act of theft, forgery, fraud or embezzlement, in connection with a construction project.
- Acts as a contractor without a contractor's license.
- Fails to disclose a material fact.
- Construction fraud is also where services are paid for Home repair but no work is done.
How to spot potential construction fraud.
Repair businesses and individuals who solicit door-to-door
- Offer you special deals, using left over materials from another job.
- Arrive in unmarked vehicles or vehicles with out of state plates.
- Have a post office box or temporary address.
- Pressure you to pay in full before any work is done or materials are delivered.
- Protect yourself!
The biggest key to preventing contractor fraud lies with you, the homeowner.
- Know your contractor.
- Make sure the contractor is properly licensed.
- Obtain and check references.
- Get all agreements in writing.
- Be sure you have signed contracts and receipts; and do not verbally authorize subsequent changes.
- To obtain additional information about your contractor, check the following web sites:
OregonConstruction Contractors Board.
The Better Business Bureau
OregonDepartment of Justice Hotline