Not something I do but there seems to be plenty out there who do take advantage of them.
My mother lives in a retirement village and last week she had a service done on her air-conditioner and they sent her a quote saying that it was short on gas and they’d have to top it up and the charge for the gas, a few extra parts and labour would be $700 thanks very much. (This place uses the one Company for all the residents).
So we run our own air-conditioning company and on the weekend she showed Daz the quote and he had a look at the unit, checked the gas levels and said – not likely. When he had it running I walked up the hallway past the lounge room and even with the front and back doors open and windows open you could feel the cold air pumping out of it, there’s nothing wrong with it. Bastards.
The next day Daz rang them and said – what tha? and the service manager was saying there must have been a mistake or the technicians multimeter might be faulty or bla bla bla bla.
Last week I was renewing one of our licences on the Fair Trading site and was looking at all the current scams to be aware of and I sent Mum an email saying not to believe anyone who rang or knocked on the door saying they were from the tax department, an insurance company, the bank or Microsoft saying she had to give them money or her details. She sent one back saying she didn’t believe anything anyone told her, that she was the great non believer.
The phony insurance company did ring her the next week, I’d seen that one on TV. They ring elderly people and say someone in their family has been in a car accident and they have to pay money for some reason or another and all these old people were really upset because they didn’t understand and just thought someone they knew had been in an accident. When they rang Mum she said she didn’t know anything about it and to ring whoever had the accident because it wasn’t her problem.
It’s pretty low and I have to wonder how many other people in the complex where Mum lives received a quote like that. There are hundreds of houses – these people could make a lot of money sending out these quotes. So we’re going to get on to the management there so they’re aware that it’s going on or that they should make the people living there aware that it’s going on and to get a second quote.