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Watch out for scam artists if you’ve had damage to your home from a wildfire

Major property damage after a disaster can attract criminals who are looking for ways to make money fast. Repair workers often travel from city to city following disasters. 

HouseFire_2Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt warns consumers affected by recent wildfires to make sure the contractors they select are reputable.

Pruitt suggests the following tips for choosing a contractor or repair service:

  • Ask people you trust for referrals.
  • Deal with local firms, whenever possible.
  • Check out the repair service with the Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau.
  • Ask for customer references.
  • Get written estimates from several firms.
  • Don’t do business without a written contract.
  • Get all guarantees, warranties, and promises in writing.
  • Agree on start and completion dates and have them written into the contract.

He also cautions consumers to be wary of repair services and contractors who:

  • Solicit door-to-door.
  • Offer discounts for finding other customers.
  • “Just happen to have” materials left over from a previous job.
  • Accept only cash payments.
  • Pressure you for an immediate decision.
  • Ask you to pay for the entire job up-front.
Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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