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Protect yourself against fraud

Fraud Expert Linda Webb, aka the Fraud Dog, says “if you’re thinking about doing some revisions, alway use a licensed and insured contractor. Do your due diligence. Taking the lowest estimate isn’t always the best and most secure way to go. When a contractor is walking around your home to do the estimate, stay with them.  Be aware of distraction fraud where the fraudster draws your attention away from the home revision, to steal something valuable.

Taking time to find a licensed contractor may just save your wallet and headaches in the future. Here are some helpful tips from National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud to make sure your home revisions go smoothly.

ATLANTA (WTOC) – The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud is warning homeowners on how to avoid contractor fraud. Below are some tips to help you:

  • The center warns that those particularly vulnerable are victims storm damage.
  • NCPHIF offered these consumer protection tips:
  • Some roofing companies can use aggressive and misleading tactics in order to get more business, especially after a hail storm.
  • Be sure to get the contractor’s license and insurance information, but verify the documentation.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out if any complaints have been filed against the contractor.

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Watch this Severe Weather Contractor Scams video from the NICB (National Insurance Crimes Bureau)


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