$450 Black Snake

When a six foot black snake invaded the home of a local senior, he tried to get the snake to leave. It would not and the fellow called a service to capture and remove it. The asking price was $450 in CASH.

The expert was unsuccessful in locating the snake. He left and so did the $450; another scam artist who targets distressed and trusting senior citizens. That snake removal of a non-venomous snake should have cost no more than $100. The black snake was not the only snake involved here.

What other services do seniors (an unsuspecting others) occasionally require where scam artists are frequently found operating? I have heard of other scams in auto repair, tree removal, dentistry, roofing, and HVAC repair.

Seniors are often too embarrassed to discuss having been taken in a scam. Not being frequently in need of these services, they may not even know they were had. Maybe the elderly among us should wear tee shirts with a message.

“Senior? Yes –     Stupid? No.”

About authorbillramsey

During his forty year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. His 2015 collection of concise, real life essays is titled "What DO You Think?" "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It" are his other books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com .
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One Response to $450 Black Snake

  1. Great post about a delicate subject. It’s disconcerting, to say the least, to become vulnerable as we age.
    I made a living as a handyman for a dozen years, and prided myself on always respecting the seniors for whom I often worked.
    Vigilance is our best protection. And always get references. It’s not a guarantee that you won’t be fleeced, but it will give you a better chance of it not happening.

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