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Better Business Bureau warns of storm repair scams following Hurricane Laura

Many people are now looking to rebuild and repair following damage left by Hurricane Laura....
Many people are now looking to rebuild and repair following damage left by Hurricane Laura. It’s also a popular time for many scams.
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 8:18 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Many people are now looking to rebuild and repair following damage left by Hurricane Laura. It’s also a popular time for many scams.

The Better Business Bureau is reminding people some tips to avoid them. Jo Ann Deal with the BBB reminds everyone there are people that move from disaster to disaster offering repair services without good intentions. So, it’s important to do your research.

Deal encourages you to verify a physical address and home basis and to check whether or not that person has a criminal record.

Make sure to get the license plate number, make and model of the vehicle potential contractors drive. Also be able to give a good description of that person should you have to file a police report later.

Lastly, make sure they have their appropriate licensing for whatever job is needed.

“Many people have spent all of their insurance claims on repairs they never finished,” Deal says. “So, make sure you have the right contract information, that you have the right professional to do the right job and that they are actually capable and trained to do the job you hired them to do.”

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Be careful with who you give consent to coming onto your property. “Remember that when you consent to let them enter your property and inspect your property, if they get hurt and they’re not licensed, they could sue you. You could be liable for their injuries on your property.”

You can always call the Better Business Bureau to check if you’re unsure about a person or business at (318) 387-4600.

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