Posted by: Green Knight | February 11, 2011

Mold/Mildew Fraud

Right on the heels of the fraudulent lead-inspector story comes this one:

Illinois Attorney General Sues Air Duct Cleaning Pros
BBB Had Alerted Public About ‘Bait And Switch’ Practices

Three months after the Better Business Bureau warned the public about a deceptive air duct cleaning company based in the Chicago suburbs, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit charging that the company fraudulently charged homeowners for mitigation of mold and mildew that did not exist in their homes.

Madigan filed the lawsuit Jan. 27 against Moshe Kesem of Schaumberg, Ill., and his two companies, Warranty USA Inc. and Air Duct Cleaning Pros. The suit says that Kesum showed consumers fake pictures of extensive mold or mildew damage to their homes to convince them to buy additional services that they did not request or approve.

The BBB has taken more than 60 complaints about Air Duct Cleaning Pros in the last three years, including several in the St. Louis area. In many of the cases, the company advertised that it would clean ducts for $79 or $89. Once the company did the work, they billed customers for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Air Duct Cleaning Pros has an “F” grade with the BBB, the lowest grade possible.”

Read the full story here:,bj1gkyC3

Caveat emptor!  It should be noted that EPA doesn’t regulate mold.  they and some state health departments have guidelines, but it’s hard to regulate something that can grow back.


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