Victims of storm damage urged to be on lookout for potential scammers
Updated: 2:17 PM CDT May 20, 2017
Consumer Protection Unit workers in the State’s Attorney General’s office are warning recent storm victims about fake roofers and tree trimmers arriving at your door.
Julie Bays, the chief assistant attorney general, said as soon as a storm hits the state, the office begins to learn of traveling door-to-door roofers who want homeowners to pay for repairs upfront and then take off without ever starting the work. Other unscrupulous contractors slowly take money from the victims for months without completing any of the promised work, she said.
“They are relying on, No. 1, people are miserable at the time their house is messed up and, two, they want it fixed fast so they can get their lives back to normal,” she said.
She urges people not do any business with door-to-door roofers. Instead take your time to research the company and person, and ask for quotes and referrals. Trust local roofers. Fake roofers often buy disposable phones with the local area code to trick people.
Bays’ office can also help provide information about any previous complaints on the company or owner. Anyone who wants more information can call 405-521-2029.
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