Barbara Satterfield falls victim to contractor fraud
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:31:52 GMT —
After an assessment from her insurance company, Amarillo resident Barbara Satterfield said she hired an independent contractor from a company called H4H Services to make some changes around her home.
She wrote the contractor a check for what she thought would go toward supplies to have her house repainted, window replaced, and hail-damaged-roof repaired.
"He said this is what you'll have to pay me so that I can get the materials, so I wrote him out a check for $1,647," said Satterfield.
t's been 3 weeks since
the contractor last worked on her home
. Satterfield said
he won't return her phone calls.
"The only thing he's completed is the front of my house
," said Satterfield.
My house is 3 different colors because he was spray painting around the windows, the trim, and there's paint all over my house. He never replaced my window, he hasn't done anything to the roof."
H4H Services is not a registered business with the Better Business Bureau, or the City of Amarillo.
"We don't have a contractor under that name registered with the city of Amarillo at this point and time
," said City of Amarillo's Building Safety Department's Scott McDonald.
The city provided some tips to helps residents avoid contractor fraud.
"Don't sign over your check, don't give away any extra money
," said McDonald.
By all means make sure the the work is performed and completed and has an approved inspection prior to the payment and final check."