If you plan to spruce up for spring, watch out for scammers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 23, 2015) – The weather gets better and you decide to do some sprucing up to your home. But if you’re not careful, that springtime cleanup can leave you the victim of a springtime scam.

It’s a story the president of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana hears often during early spring.

Tim Maniscalo says unfortunately, elderly people often take the brunt of it.

“The good thing about Hoosiers, particularly elderly people, is they’re very courteous, very kind. They hate to say no or hate to slam the door on somebody. But if someone is trying to scam you, close the door. You really don’t want to deal with that person if they’re trying to scam you.”

Maniscalo says not every solicitor knocking on your door is bad news, but if they ask for money right away, that’s a tell-tale sign that something is wrong.

He also warns you to watch out for auto-renewals in the contracts. This is especially common with lawn care companies.

“Some people prefer that, but you want to make certain you understand that’s what going to happen,” he said. “Make certain you get pricing so that you know what the price is going to be, maybe the price has gone up for this season. So if you want auto-renewal, fine, but just make certain you understand that that’s the provision of the contract.”

Check out a list of accredited businesses for free here at the BBB website.

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