Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus

Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus

Seniors stay vigilant; criminals are taking advantage of our community. While the world bands together to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus, swindlers are profiting from the pandemic. Scammers are using fear to exploit worried families by promising them cures for the virus. There is no need to panic, but just like everything else, being informed is always the first step. Here are a few ways you can avoid Coronavirus scams: Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources (they could download viruses onto your computer or devices) Be wary of emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) To find current and official information about the virus, click here or visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Do not open emails from “experts” stating they have information about the virus. Dismiss online offers for vaccinations. Ignore offers for Coronavirus curing products (ex. vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, tablets, prescriptions or over-the-counter products) online or in stores Research charities and...
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Resource for vetting Contractors

Resource for vetting Contractors

When it comes to finding a contractor to hire, it can be overwhelming to know if you have found a trustworthy person. Everything may look good on paper and the person may sound professional and genuine over the phone, but how can you really know if they are the right person to trust? The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a great resource for looking up contractors and see more information about the type of license they have, whether it is current and whether there have been complaints filed against them. It is also important that you are aware of the different licenses that exist with relation to your contractor so you can ask about why they may or may not have a certain license and what it means. We want you to be confident in the decisions you make when it comes to spending your money. You should know about the people you hire and there are times when...
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Are They Certified?

Are They Certified?

Last week we spoke about the arrests of over 100 people in Tampa, FL, for performing unlicensed contractor work. These individuals were advertising professional services to unsuspecting homeowners who needed affordable repair. The sting operation performed by the state of Florida was not the first, in hopes of catching unlicensed criminals. Law enforcement pursuits against unauthorized individuals are routine in Florida, but the epidemic does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. If you are hiring anyone, whether it be for contracting or health-related services, make sure they are licensed. Being licensed is important for clients and providers. By knowing an individual is certified, clients can rest easy, and providers can gain more clientele. If you live in the state of Florida, anyone who works on residential or commercial projects must be licensed and insured. Anyone who is providing any health-related services must also be licensed and insured. Having a reliable resource like OurSeniors.net Approved Vendors Directory ensures you are...
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100 Unlicensed Contractors Arrested!

100 Unlicensed Contractors Arrested!

Breaking news! Over 100 people were arrested in Tampa, Florida, for selling unqualified contracting services. The "Operation House Hunters" in Hillsborough County focused on catching criminals who were taking advantage of the growing housing market. The fraudulent freelancers would advertise through social media platforms like Facebook or would post ads on Craigslist, even on their cars. These "contractors" would perform unlicensed work that could endanger the lives of their targets. Eight repeat offenders were arrested during the nine-month search, one of them a man with a history of burglary and another a registered sex offender. Seniors who are hoping to save money on home repairs must be extra vigilant of where they spend their hard-earned money. Having a reliable resource like OurSeniors.net Approved Vendors Directory ensures you are receiving high-quality work from trusted professionals. Protect yourself from criminals by utilizing our list. Each vendor vetted by our team has our community's best interest at heart. For information about any senior-related need,...
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