DETROIT (WWJ) – All across metro Detroit there is storm damage, and that means there are scammers looking to make an easy buck.
Better Business Bureau Spokeswoman Lisa Dilg says individuals posing as contractors stop by affected homes and offer to repair homes quickly. She says sometimes homeowners can’t help themselves — and say ‘yes’ to these scams:
“… they are under a lot of stress and a lot of times people will just go ahead and contact with them – give them money up front and end up with either shotty repairs or people who run off with their money,” said Dilg.
She says the best thing that victims of this storm can do is to first notify your insurance — and make sure contractors have valid licenses.
Dilg says victims of the severe weather can easily fall prey to “storm chasers”
“People that are representing themselves as legitimate contractors and they stop by houses that are damaged and they offer to repair do the job fast for people.”
She says to get two or three estimates and always make sure not to pay the full amount in advance and never pay in cash.
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