Beware of Storm Related Scams
By RobertSiciliano on May 18, 2011
The crazy (and deadly) weather has scammers and thieves coming out of the woodwork. Whether you have been directly affected by the tornados or not, scammers are preying upon people’s fears.
Beware and never open your door to strangers. Keep your home security system turned on during the day. And beware of phone calls from scammers too.
People dressed as FEMA workers or other officials may go to tornado victims’ homes or even those within 100 miles or more asking for personal information. Badges and uniforms can easily be purchased or created giving the false impression of a legitimate government agency.
Scammers tactics often involves acting as contractors (or even being sleazy contractors with trucks etc) going door to door selling their services pressuring people into writing checks for upfront fees. They may create the impression that if you don’t act now your insurance may not pay claims or you are in imminent danger of being sued because a railing is loose.
Sleazy contractor scammers will refuse to provide contact information or give false information. Many contractors such as carpenters, electricians, or plumbers doing major repair or renovations require licenses and permits.
Other contractors that may not need licenses are roofers, pavers, mold removal, foundation repair etc. Scammers often pose as these unlicensed contractors that scam the most.
Any time a door to door salesmen is offering construction related services be suspect.
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