I just came across this notification of a scam that has taken place in Sun City Grand but could easily happen in any of our Arizona retirement communities (or family communities for that matter). A small lock on your irrigation timer box would help but just beware any service provider that targets you or puts pressure on you.
From: Sun City Grand® Community Association Management
July 6, 2010
RE: Irrigation Leak Scam Dear Sun City Grand Homeowners and Residents
One of our Sun City Grand homeowners was kind enough to alert me of the following "scam" that some of our residents may have been the target of. The "scam" works like this:
1. A target resident is selected, preferably a person living alone whomay not understand how their irrigation system works and is not able to do any repair of the system themselves.
2. One of the workers goes to the house late at night and manually runs the irrigation timer for several hours.
3. Early the next day one or more workers go to the house and tell the resident that their irrigation system is leaking, pointing out the puddles created by running the system for several hours the previous night.
The resident is told that the flexible drip pipes are deteriorated and leaking and all of them should be replaced with the rigid white plastic (schedule 40) pipes, at a cost of about $2000 or more. The resident is pressured to allow the workers do the job as soon as possible to prevent loss of water and plants (and prevent the resident from getting a second opinion from a different landscape company).
If you have questions regarding your irrigation system you might find some of your answers by clicking HERE. A landscape architect has designed this website to give you unbiased information.
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Ken Meade Realty
Sun City Grand Office