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Connects Against Crime: Storm Scam Tips

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Often times when damaging storms move into an area, scammers aren't too far behind.

Now the warning is out for homeowners- in the aftermath of a storm, be careful who you trust.

The BBB offers the following tips for hiring a reputable contractor:

    When approached by a contractor, ask for proof of licensing and bonding.
    Get several quotes and insist payments be made to the company, not an individual.
    Do not pay for the job in advance. Be wary of any contractor who demands full or half payment upfront.
    Do not hire people who show up at your door offering services such as tree or debris removal and roof repair.
    Resist high-pressure sales tactics, such as the good deal youll get only if you hire the contractor on the spot.
    Check out the company first with the BBB, and deal only with reputable contractors.
    Get a written contract that specifies the price, the work to be done and a time frame.
    Prices are often high in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Be careful of price gouging.
    If possible, pay with a major credit card as you may have additional protection if a serious problem arises.
    Check that the contractors vehicle has signs or marking on it with the business name and phone number.
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