By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
Although the leaves are falling and the weather is turning cooler, our office is continuing to hear from Kansans about home improvement scams. Most commonly, these scams involve tree trimming, paving scams, and home improvement cases where money is paid up front and no work or limited work is completed.
The vast majority of contractors offer legitimate services and quality results. But when the contractor engages in fraudulent or deceptive business practices as part of a scam, our office has the authority to intervene.
A scam we often hear about involves someone claiming to be a contractor approaching a homeowner saying they have “leftover” materials from a neighbor’s job. Then, they offer to do your work at a discounted rate if they can get a portion of their money in advance. Many times, these scammers leave the property with your money and never return. More