Storm repair scams watch announced by IN AG
Indiana officials announced a program this week to let scam artists know they’re keeping a close eye on shoddy repair work during this year’s storm season.
Severe weather can damage homes…and bank accounts when quick repairs are needed following a storm. Scam artists know the weather forecast too, and often sweep in following severe weather to offer cheap repairs to homeowners still dealing with storm damage.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says his office will be very active this spring and summer, holding education programs and watching areas hit by storms for signs of repair scams.
His “Double check before you write a check” program is a public education initiative to encourage homeowners to check a company’s name, reputation, history and authenticity before letting anyone work on your home.
Here are some more tips to avoid storm repair scams:
- Avoid agreeing to repair work on the spot.
- Avoid signing any legal agreements without first gathering information and researching the business.
- Obtain information about the individual offering his or her services.
- Look for signs of credibility such as an official website
- Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.