It Is the Season for Cons in Home Repairs

It Is the Season for Cons in Home Repairs

For a gang of home repair scammers cruising Fairfax County, Va., the woman was a winning trifecta: She was living alone, had age-related memory loss and could write big checks.

Over the course of six years they swindled her out of $400,000, doing the same unnecessary improvements time and again. “Her attic insulation was replaced 12 times, windows caulked eight times and yard resodded at least five times,” recalls police detective Ryan Young. When the first set of crooks had finished getting $100,000 off her, “they passed her name off to the next crew, who got $70,000. Others got about $60,000, $30,000, $20,000 each.” Authorities caught up with them early this year.

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