There are two scams making the rounds in Alaska for the month of July according to the Better Business Bureau.
Michelle Tabler with the organization says Alaskans who live in the Mat-Su Valley need to be wary of “asphalt contractors,” or people knocking on doors saying they have left-over material from another job and will give the homeowner a good deal on a job for them. Tabler said most of those contractors are doing a poor job or having the victim signing a blank contract. In most cases, the job is quoted at a certain amount and charged for a different, often time, higher amount.
Besides the door-to-door contractors, there are also people going around to homes saying they are from well-known alarm companies but aren’t. Those people are fishing for personal information.
To avoid these types of scam, Tabler said to be careful if this happens. She says to never pay in cash or feel that a decision has to be made right away. She urges the person to do the research, first.
The second scam is a computer repair pop-up scam. Tabler said with this one, a person’s computer will get the “blue screen of death,” and a pop-up ad will appear asking the user to call a number to get it fixed. When the victim calls the phone number, a person answering will say they can fix the issue, but they need access to the person’s computer. Then they will ask for a random amount of money. Tabler says with this one, the best thing is not to call the number. Instead, restart the computer, and/or click out of the browser.
To report a scam, head to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker website.