New Mexico Attorney General issues hail repair fraud alert
August 21, 2018 05:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Prompted by recent damaging hail storms, the New Mexico State Attorney General issued a warning Tuesday about hail repair scammers.
Marty Newman is in the hail repair business. He said Albuquerque’s recent hail storms are the most damaging in a decade and his shop, Dent Erasers, is already booked for the next two months.
Newman says most of his repairs range between $5,000 and $10,000. However, he’s worried about scammers taking advantage of too-trusting consumers.
“It’s a pretty good-sized storm which tends to bring what we call hail chasers to town,” said Newman.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the fraud alert about unlicensed pop-up hail repair shops and roaming scammers.
“There’s a lot of money coming in and I don’t want it to go into the pockets of fraudsters, I want it to go into the pocket of consumers and good business people,” said Balderas.
Balderas said scammers often ask for payment up front, leaving jobs unfinished or botched. Victims are left with few or no options.
While most city ordinances maintain requirements of hail repair services on vehicles, there is no state requirement.
“The state legislature needs to do a better job in putting some real teeth in the law. Unfortunately, roof scams and hail damage scams are far too prevalent in New Mexico,” said Balderas.
The Attorney General’s office provides resources to help consumers who encounter scams. Those who believe they may have been scammed are encouraged to file a complaint at the Attorney Generals’ website at or call (505) 717-3500 in Albuquerque, (505) 490-4060 in Santa Fe, or toll-free statewide 1-844-255-9210.
Updated: August 21, 2018 05:54 PM
Created: August 21, 2018 04:34 PM
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