Tips to protect yourself from winter-related scams

Scams may include driveway shoveling, furnace inspections, and calls about overdue utility bills
CHICAGO (WLS) -- The deep freeze has been hitting Chicago and con artists are taking advantage of the winter weather. The Better Business Bureau issued a consumer alert for winter scams that may include driveway shoveling, furnace inspections, and calls about overdue utility bills.

If a suspected scammer calls or knocks on your door trying to fool you, the BBB says you should:

  • Contact your utility company directly: If you are concerned about an overdue bill, call the company's customer service number.

  • Never sign on the spot: If someone offers a winter weather service review the company before providing payment or signing a contract.


  • During the coldest months of the year be extra careful if someone contacts you unsolicited.

  • Always make sure to check a contractor's background and references before you let them in your home.
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