Every spring roving repair contractors show up at doors in the tri-state area. The offer roof and chimney repairs, among other pieces of handiwork. But the “repairs” are often short-lived and over-priced, costing the consumer even more to repair again down the road.
Given the current state of the economy and the job market many people are searching for any jobs that they can find.
On a quiet street in Lyndhurst a pair of low-level scam artists have allegedly been ripping off refunds, one house and one mailbox at a time.
A warning for anybody getting ready to file their taxes or who may be waiting for their return. A new email scam is aimed at robbing you of your hard earned cash.
“It’s really just unacceptable and it’s happening to too many New Yorkers,” said Jonathan Mintz, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner.
“They were good, very good. They were convincing. I’m not embarrassed. I’m angry,” 73-year-old Barbara Burtch.
Three men who claimed to be doing plumbing work next door, rang the bell and told the couple they needed to check the water on Woodlawn Avenue.
The customer is told to avoid having service cut off, he must purchase a prepaid debit card and call back.
Police sources said the firebombing was not likely a hate crime, but an insurance scam, and could have manufactured by someone outside the community.
The couples paid thousands of dollars up front, for professional photos and videos, and they say that they were duped by a company called “Leli Photography.”
Police say five men connected to an Eastern European organized crime ring have been arrested. They are believed to be targeting ATM machines in affluent neighborhoods.
Authorities say suspected door-to-door scam artists are likely casing homes and targeting people for robberies.
A Bosnian native, who has been living in Berlin, Conn. for the last 14 years, said she was recently scammed out of $680 when she went online to seek help to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Federal prosecutors said the defendants replaced the ATM key pads at Chase branches in Midtown, Chelsea and across from the United Nations.
For too long, Brooklyn residents have fallen victim to real estate scammers. Now, the Brooklyn D.A. and Sen. Schumer warn perpetrators to watch out.