DENVER -- Merrill Yale, 92, said back in his day, business was done with a handshake you could rely on. But it turns out he couldn't rely on the cement contractor who promised to break and replace a slab over a plumbing line in August.
Yale said the contractor asked for money up front, then just disappeared.
"He cashed a $400 check I gave him and never came back,” Yale said.
Consumer protection experts have some advice to avoid these types of contractor scams: never pay up front for services, always get a contract, ask for full contact information (if they don't have it, move on) and always get at least two references.
For more information, visit the Better Business Bureau's website.