Chimney Works of Nashville — Scam
I was told to email you and maybe they can help on this scam for chimney fixing season.
On October 24th when the winter was fast approaching we decided to fix our chimney in spite of other mounting expenses. We called Chimney Works of Nashville. The owner JD Little came over to our place and made a lot of exaggerated claims of the extreme poor condition of our chimney and needs to be replaced and fixed. He also downplayed other chimney repairers in the area. It was only later after we signed the written contract and paid by check of $1150 of $2400 that we knew we were in trouble. He came only once just to wash the chimney with a pressure washer and never came back to reline the chimney with stainless steel and all the repairs he promised to do. We called him many times, he said he would come 2-3 days later but he never showed up or returned any of our calls. After this we decided to find out more about this person and found many people reporting of similar pattern of being ripped off on the internet. He thinks he knows the law as he boasted and kept giving all kinds of ridiculous excuses like being shot at, the tree fell, robbery, his girlfriend had to go to the emergency during the weekend, had multiple accidents, etc…. He could have just called us and gave us a time frame for the repairs instead of making amazing unheard of excuses.
We feel that this person believes he can get away as most people would not report this due to the amount of not being overly large and is taking advantage of many unknowing consumers. He has multiple reports on Yahoo, BBB, etc. He might have been doing this for many years to many people who also did not report. He could be preying or stalking others like us and hoping we would just forget about this and let it go. The kids [9 & 10 yr old] are sad saying that Santa may not come since the chimney is damaged. He also damage portion of our chimney and left everything in disarray and never came again or called us. I am sure this winter many people want to know about not getting into this kind of subtle scam on chimney fixing. He even said he had a PhD in Chimney Fixing. News Channel 4 Jennifer Johnson uncovered that his web site on all his said certifications were all fake according to the State of Tennessee licensing board and National Chimney Guild Associations, etc. He also went on to say Ashbusters, A CleanSweep and all others were all bad companies and DO not do a good job… I was surprise. I thought this news will help make many consumers aware of this scam Artist since it is now winter and the recession is making things hard for many people like us. Local Channels 4 WSMV, Channel 5 and Fox news have covered this on TV.