Woman writes notes warning people about handyman

SAN DIEGO - A 66-year-old woman is blanketing the area with handwritten warning notes about a handyman because she said she was ripped off by him.

"I go to home improvement stores, banks, church. I'll pass them out during my breaks at work," said Lora O'Neill.

The notes state, "Please do not hire this man. I gave him a deposit and he took off with it. I'm 66 and I'm working two jobs and if you can please text or call him give Lora back the money."

O'Neill said she hired Navid Abad to replace the closet doors in her office and agreed to pay him $600.

She said his van painted with "Handyman Navid" looked official, and she thought the job would be quick and easy. O'Neill wrote him a $300 check for half of the money.

"That is two weeks pay at my part-time job," said O'Neill.

O'Neill said he cashed the check and showed up with the wrong doors. She said she told him to take the doors back and he texted her that he would give her the money back.

"He said 'I don't want the job, I'll refund your money, I'll need a receipt and I'll call first'," said O'Neill.

She called and text messaged him, but said she had no response. O'Neill said she also asked the police call him, but she never got her money.

So, O'Neill started writing the warning cards and putting them on cars all over San Diego and Poway.

"Maybe I'll put it on the right car and somebody won't hire him and maybe I'll put it on the right car and somebody will help me," said O'Neill.

Team 10 approached the handyman about the money. Navid told a Team 10 producer he was a licensed contractor but he refused to answer any questions about the license number listed on the side of his van and on his business card.

Team 10 looked up the number and learned he is not licensed by the state, San Diego County or the City of Poway.

Team 10 verified the license number with state officials who confirmed the number does not exist.

The state contractor's board said it is looking into O'Neill's claims.

Before hiring any contractor, experts urge consumers to verify a license number. To check a number, click here. (Mobile users: http://bit.ly/vsaZBO)

To file a complaint with the state contractor's board, click here. (Mobile users: http://bit.ly/bxxqLq)

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