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Beware of Contractors Inspecting Your Property for Storm Damage

Its not a surprise with these economic conditions and several other factors like home owners just not knowing the difference.  That cases like this are happening more.  Just like in the car industry when reporters take their car to the dealership and pay for services the car owner doesn’t need.  So keep your guard up when someone asks you to look for storm damage, you might even want to take a look for yourself after a storm and be ready.

CHICAGO (CBS) —  The next time a storm hits, watch out: You could be targeted in a home repair scam.

A year-long investigation called “Operation Hail” has uncovered more than 70 cases of roofing and siding repair scams. Numerous companies are being investigated by the Illinois State Police and National Insurance Crime Bureau.

2 Investigator Dave Savini first began looking into one of the operations a year ago.

Using knuckles, fingers and other instruments to make dents is how phony storm damage is created, insurance-fraud investigators say. CBS 2, using a hidden camera, watched roofing and siding workers swarm a neighborhood after storms.

Cameras caught workers digging into roofs and pressing against siding, hoping to collect insurance money to repair the bogus hail damage.


 

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Here is another article related to how to protect yourself from storm damage scams.  First and foremost be diligent if your home actually needs repairs.  Its okay to call on companies, contact the BBB, look for credible resources before buying services.

How scammers operate  — 

When a community is in the midst of cleaning up after a disaster, rip-off artists know that opportunities await. Home owners are desperate to get work done and, because of the amount of cleanup and repairs needed, local contractors often are overwhelmed by demand.

Within days of a disaster, out-of-state contractors (and those who just call themselves contractors) will begin showing up. They’ll tack up signs in public places and on trees, advertising their services and their cell phone numbers, or they’ll go door-to-door.

Typically, they’ll offer to do the work for a certain price, then ask for a portion of the cost up front — in cash. With money in hand, they’ll say they need to get tools or supplies, then disappear — forever.

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