A local neighborhood association president is warning homeowners of a pine straw scam.
Will Burgin the president of Hilton Heights Neighborhood Association says he received an email about a group of men charging a homeowner in Hilton Woods $1,800 for pine straw.
The homeowner asked for about 40 bales of pine straw but says the men put down 500. Burgin is warning his neighbors about it.
"Really the residents need to be aware that these things happen. That people come to the door and they need to check references before they buy anything. They need to make certain that it's a good and legitimate organization," says Burgin.
Leonard Crain at the Better Business Bureau agrees. He says homeowners should know the facts first.
"It's a good idea to have a good understanding of what it is that they're telling you that they can do and will do for you and get a total estimated price before any work starts," says Crain.
Daniel Williams is starting his own lawn care company. Right now he does jobs for friends and family and says scams like this make it more difficult for him to find work.
"It's hard to build their trust in the community when you see somebody like me just trying to make it on everyday wages and trying to help my family out," says Williams.
Homeowners all over Columbus should be aware of how much they are actually paying for services.
"If it's not anybody that you've done business with before then you don't really know their track record they may be perfectly honest and legitimate but if they say they're going to deliver 20 bales count out 20 bales or 30 bales. It's ultimately your responsibility to know they're doing right," says Burgin.
Burgin says not everyone who comes to your door is trying to scam you but it can be difficult to trust some door knockers.
"The good and the bad then get lumped together and I wish that was not the case," says Burgin.
Crain says these tips can to prevent a scam from happening to you.
1. Never use cash. Always use a check or debit/credit card where the charges can be disputed.
2. Do not be intimidated or pressured. Don't hesitate to call the police to get a door knocker off of your property.
3. Know exactly what you are getting into. It might be a good idea to sign a contract before they perform any services.
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