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updated: 3/21/2014 5:53 PM

Police warn of home repair fraud:

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The Vernon Hills Police Department cautions residents to be wary when hiring help for painting, roofing and driveway sealing. Although there are many variations and methods used by scam artists, there are ways to keep from becoming a victim: get several estimates and compare; ask if there is a charge for an estimate; check contractors with the Better Business Bureau and state or local licensing agencies; ask for references and call them or ask friends for recommendations; be wary of high-pressure sales tactics or someone who "happens to be in the area"; pay by check so you can stop payment if dissatisfied; get a guarantee on the work; never sign a work of completion unless all work is done to your satisfaction; and, don't allow strangers into your home or to distract you away from your unlocked front door. Call the crime prevention unit at (847) 247-4889.

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