Top 10 scams of 2011
Random contractor stop by
Identify it: "Contractors" move in after a natural disaster, taking advantage of homeowners who need immediate help. They knock on your door with a deal, like the roofer who can spot some missing shingles on your roof, and often leave your home worse than before.
Avoid it: Never say yes right away to someone who just drops in on you. If you're interested in using their service, take down their information. The Better Business Bureau has home contractors listed as accredited businesses.