There has been a new scam developing in the southern counties of New York State. The county consumer affairs departments have been plagued by unscrupulous chimney companies. These companies advertise that they will clean your chimney for a very nominal cost, $39.95 or $49.95. When they arrive at your home they will soon inform you that you need a chimney liner which generally costs about $1500.00. Sales pressure tactics are extreme to the point where residents have been told that they are fortunate that no fire has occurred or carbon monoxide fumes have entered the home with grave consequences. For more information call 1-800-771-7755.
For more valuable information, visit the New York State Office for the Aging website at: http://www.aging.ny.gov/