Hail Flier Appeared Deceptive

The hail has melted but fourteen thousand metro residents are having fliers dropped on them now. A non profit based in Wisconsin is offering to screen and recommend roofers so homeowners avoid scams. But the flier and accompanying website appeared questionable.

Mary Ann Beck received one of the fliers in the mail providing names of 6 contractors. She said, "Supposedly local, licensed and checked out by this government agency." Its called the Bureau of Transactions and Consumer Awareness with a website address ending in gov-us.

President of the Better Business Bureau Jim Hegarty said, "That's designed to lend credibility to this when in fact this company is not connected in any way to the government." Fact Finders checked with Omaha's Superintendent Of Permits And Inspections Jay Davis who spoke with the President of the Non profit by phone about the six contractors it group recommends. Davis tells Brandon Domeck, "When we start checking the list, none of these contractors are licensed in Omaha Belleuve or Council Bluffs."

Domeck told Fact Finders, "We don't want to confuse people, we want to be as transparent as possible." After calls from Fact Finders the Bureau or Transactions and Consumer Awareness added at disclaimer on the front of its website stating it is not affiliated with the government. The six recommenced roofers have also been removed. Domeck said only licensed contractors will be included.

Domeck also promised Omaha Postal Inspector Dave Margritz that changes are being made so consumers won't be confused. Fact Finders contacted the Postal Inspector after consumers like Mary Ann Beck felt deceived. Mary Ann Beck said, "This is very deceptive and very misleading."

Fact Finders checked with the Nebraska Secretary of State and The Bureau of Transactions and Consumer Awareness registered as a non profit April 5th.

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