Scammers Prey On Those Affected By Storm


UPDATED: Monday July 2, 2012 6:30 PM

Door-to-door workers were preying on storm victims on Monday.

The Better Business Bureau said on Monday that it already was getting reports of out-of-town storm chasers rushing to central Ohio to look for business.

The organization warned residents to get at least three to four quotes before hiring someone to clean up debris and trees and to conduct repairs.

“If there’s somebody coming to your home, that’s a red flag right there,” said Joan Coughlin of the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau. “But if they have out-of-state licenses on them or if there are no markings about what company they are or really cannot identify themselves that should be another red flag.”

Coughlin said that residents should take time to decide what company they are going to use and should check on the company if they provide information.

The BBB suggests that residents make payments to a company and not a person, pay with a credit card and get written contracts.

Contractors must be licensed, which can be checked online.

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