My parents were taken to the cleaners by a contractor who never finished a job. How can we get their money back?

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The contractor agreed to put a porch ramp and deck on my parents' house. My father gave him a check for two-thirds of the job and the contractor only worked 3.5 days in the last 2 months. The contractor won't return my parents' calls.

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Good Grief. This is the type of concern I have. As a new person exploring In Home Care I feel very vulenable. Good Luck
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...Bloggers are often paid to boost site ratings and activity to make a site appear "more active'' to be more attractive to 'sell the site to advertisers who may in turn pay the site to advertise on it. Problem is, they are fake posters sparking questions or comments out of thin air .. then loyal site followers get sucked in. There are also bloggers paid to post regarding specific businesses on sites.. such as a blogger may post "I am in search of a trusted in home care company.." then another paid blogger (or the same one, depending on how many profiles the blogger may have created)  will respond to that post with a specific company name and contact info while also raving about the specific company etc. It's deceptive (we are talking hundreds of thousands who do this for a job) especially on sites such as this where people literally become invested thru a "cyber type of concern" they have gained for other legit posters who have written in... when at times it's very possible (actually probable) that if it just doesn't seem right, then most likely it's simply one person behind a keyboard creating BS who gets paid per blog or post they create by what-ever company/business or firm they blog for.
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Perhaps your are correct Tired1of4. Their profile says they care for their mother, living at home. Do they do this just to keep interest in the Agingcare site?
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... yeah they post 5 days ago and never return. Sounds like a staged blogger for the site. (Now watch, magically they'll pop back saying they lost internet or went on vacation or had an emergency)
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How about it Jlb1122? More info? Update?
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I urge the following:
#1 BBB (Better Business Bureau)
#2 Retaining an elder law attorney
#3 The attorney will, most likely, plead for a civil suit in small claims court.
#4 Make sure they don't get scammed again.
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... folks, too many variables; first of all, the poster doesn't state location, doesn't state the % of progress that the project is in (which is very important... Also poster doesn't state the age of the "parents (placing any elder abuse comments that have been made, as premature) nor does the poster mention if there's a contract or not, nor does poster mention date of estimated completion within any contract or agreement, if there is such a document, etc.  Serious problems begin, then absolutely snowballs with these public forums that can create nothing but overwhelming assumptions, and those occur when even basic information is left empty, as in this case.  This poster has left too many facts and then variables empty and ill-clarified to the degree that to even advise of future steps is irresponsible, and absolutely impossible to advise from a  trusted or accurate base. Perhaps it's a case of a family member stopped by and saw a job not finished and started jumping in without knowing the information themselves. This is why it's not always educational to even read the reply responses written to posters, because information, if not placed properly "per situation" stands strong risk to be not only inaccurate but also becomes a generalized very misinforming post(creating incorrect education)... which can be just as damaging.
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States do not all operate with the same regulations. In my state, contractors are not licensed at the state level. It is done on the local governmental level. So definitely find out how your state, city, county or township regulates contractor licenses.  A simple google search will give you this information.
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Many thanks to MaryKathleen! Many people don't know about the contractors board, which is probably why most people didn't mention it. This may also have something to do with exactly why these kinds of scams exist.  If people don't know about such a thing as a state contractors board, then yes, this kind of thing will happen, so thanks again, MaryKathleen!
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I think only one or two people mentioned the state Contractor's board. Start there. Then you can find out if they have a license, also if they don't fulfill their obligations their license can be revoked. Then if they don't have a license start doing the other stuff. Also, go to their office and find out why they haven't finished the job. Maybe someone in the hospital or something.
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