Mississippians can now click here and find a list of contractors arrested for home repair fraud under the "alerts" and "consumer" links. The list includes the name of the person arrested, the name of the company they were "doing business as" and a brief status report on the case.
"The idea came to me while I was doing a live broadcast with Mississippi Public Radio," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "I was talking to a caller from Jackson who made me realize there was a need for a quick reference guide in this area. The information we have on the list is public record and people are entitled to it."
The Web site links are meant only as a supplemental resource for consumers. "There are still crooked contractors operating who haven't been caught yet," said Attorney General Hood. "That's why nothing will protect you better than following the basics: get your contract in writing, get references and be careful about paying any money up front."
Other tips can be found at http://www.agjimhood.com. If you are suspicious, do not hire the worker, sign a contract or provide money. Get as much information as possible and report your concerns to your local law enforcement agency or the Attorney General's Consumer Protection division.
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