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lowieboy2009 05-16-2013 9:44 PM

Hurricane victims beware of contractor and car scams
 
Many Gulf Coast consumers are finding themselves not only traumatized by the problems of Storm Isaac last week, but are also facing severe financial stress in the aftermath of storm damages. Unfortunately, this can be a situation that a particularity low kind of scammer seeks out. These so-called "storm chasers" unscrupulously pick the pockets of people when they are at their most vulnerable. And the hurricane season is far from over. Source of article:

a loan with no fee and get it in a hour in bank and pay back in stallment



The storm chaser preys on devastation

The Association of American Retired Persons was able to talk to a spokesman from the Coalition Against <a href="http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/2012/06/21/medical-billing-error-services/">Insurance Fraud</a>, James Quiggle. He said:

Quote:

"They're called storm chasers, going town to town where disaster strikes to descend on traumatized homeowners and causing more problems than they fix. And they often prey on senior citizens."
There are more and more of them being seen, according to the National Insurance Crime Agency.



Contractor schemes

There are some scamming contractors who actually do perform repairs, but the repairs are done incorrectly or really badly. Homeowners insurance will not cover repairs done by unauthorized contractors, so you should really stay away from them anyway. You can tell it is a contractor scam if they ask for money upfront to repair damage from the storm. Much of the time, they leave before they even do any work.



Stay away from frauds

-- Before letting everyone complete repairs, ask the Better Business Agency or your insurance agent for a list of approved contractors.

-- The contractor should show you a license first.

-- Contractors with no business card are probably shady.

-- Never pay the deposit until building materials arrive at your home, and you should never pay more than 25 percent down for the deposit.

according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works interim director David Guillory:

Quote:

"You really shouldn't be paying for work that's not done. If somebody says, 'Pay me half and I'm going to go get some other equipment,' or go get another crew or something, that should send a red flag up."


Looking at automobiles too

After a catastrophe, con artists will go to insurance auctions and buy as many automobiles as they can for a song. They will then put the vehicles back together with really bad materials and craftsmanship.

The automobiles break down a lot and turn into money pits even though they will run well for a couple of months.



Things to do before purchasing

Get a vehicle history report from CARFAX or another trusted business before buying a car, and make sure you get a mechanic to inspect the car first. Do this whether you are getting at auction or individually.



Sources

AOL Autos
AARP
WAFB


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