Authorities: Rural residents a ‘lightning rod’ for apparent repair scam
JEFFERSON—Authorities are warning that rural area residents are being shocked by a price gouging scam involving work on their rooftop lightning rods.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports that at least three people in rural Jefferson County have been “swindled” in the past several weeks by workers charging a “greatly inflated” cost to repair or replace their roof lightning rods.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately release details on the scams, including estimates of how much the workers have been charging for their services.
The sheriff’s office is cautioning residents to understand their rights under the state’s agriculture, trade and consumer protection laws, and to be sure that they fully understand the costs of any home improvement work they’re considering.
A top official at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said he is aware of no recent complaints in Rock County involving lightning rod repair or replacement.