5. A good example of fraudulent work occurred in Ocean County New Jersey in 2012. Hurricane Sandy killed at least 37 people, cost an estimated 30 billion in economic losses. In addition contractors under investigation have allegedly walked away with over $5 million dollars. This number is significantly higher because the only case is taken are the ones that exceeded over $75,000 worth of fraud. As a homeowner or even an owner of commercial property you run the risk of getting burned by shady service providers, general contractors, plumbers, landscapers and arborists etc.