Jeff Pearl Homes AR Blog: Tree Trimmer Scammer's Must Have Peddler's License.

Tree Trimmer Scammer's Must Have Peddler's License.

This scam has been going on for years. Every time a storm blows through, the scammers are out in force. In some areas, police drive around checking on proper licensing, but that won't stop a scammer hard up for quick cash. These people will use any excuse to start a conversation, cleaning gutters, mowing lawns, sealing driveways, etc. They talk a good game, and always seem to be working nearby, and can give you a deal since they are already in the area, and even better if you can pay cash.

 Unfortunately, we don't have time to monitor every eldery person that might fall victim to scams. Family can try to warn their parents, but many elderly are honest and trust people, and want to help anyone with a hard luck story. See link below to see how these "woodchucks" can bring down property values. I've heard their pitches before ' those trees just need to be deadwooded", or " deadheaded". Actually, what they do is kill many healthy trees.

 

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/dont-fall-for-tree-trimming-scams/

 

Yes, woodchuck's, peddler's and solicitors can get a license. But, scammers that plan on screwing elderly out of their money aren't going have one, or show their targets anything. They want fast cash, and will disappear. The best thing to do is avoid engaging in any conversation with door to door solicitors. If they approach you out in your yard, just say " we already have a contract with a  landscape company that does our work", or " Our son does all our tree and landscape work". If you don't get involved, then you won't have to deal with all the legal procedures mentioned in the following link.

 

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer/education/solicitors.htm

 

Avoid scams and jams!

" Just Say No"

Jeff Pearl | Lic in VA

Remax Distinctive

703-727-4876

www.jeffpearlhomes.com

Comment balloon 10 commentsJeff Pearl • September 02 2015 02:26PM

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Yes the world is full of scammers. Generally if it is too good to be true, It is too good to be true. Have had about 10 tree people knock on my door in the last few months.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) almost 5 years ago

I always say no, also one of the reasons I don't door knock. I know I dont like it when people knock on my door so I wont do it to others. With the internet, plenty of ways to reach potential clients on their terms.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) almost 5 years ago

#1- Hi Bill, it sure is, and always seems to be someone being taken by scammers.

#2- Hi Stefan, Same here. But some people don't know how to say no, and find themselves agreeing to some bs sales pitch.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) almost 5 years ago

I hate when I see this crap going on. So unfortunate that they pray mostly on the elderly. They should lock them up for a long time.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jeff Pearl ,  We have a lot of that going on around here too.  The elderly seems to be their target, as they are too trusting.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

#4- Hi Joe, I hate it too Joe. I hope they lock them all up, but I suppose it's hard to prove in many cases. But elderly rarely get their money back.

#5- Hi Larry, Yes, elderly are just too trusting, and/or allow themselves to be pressured into turning over their money.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) almost 5 years ago

Jeff, wish those guys would just get a REAL job, rather than trying to scam everyone out of their hard earned dollars! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

#7- Hi Joan, i agree with you 100%.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) almost 5 years ago

What you reap you sow.  Those scammers will get theirs in one way or another.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I hate to confess that this happened to me, except instead of a tree trimmer, some construction workers stopped by to ask about a problem they noticed on the front of my home. They just "happened" to be in the neighborhood. They gave a really good price and they made the repairs, but they wanted to be paid in cash and there was no follow up. Always rely on licensed and recommended professionals for your home repairs! Word of mouth referrals can't be beat.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

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