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Beware of Storm Scammers: Protecting Yourself from Fraud in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

Warnings about scams issued by Better Business Bureau after severe storms

Beware of Storm Scammers: Protecting Yourself from Fraud in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of a storm like Wichita Falls, Texas, homeowners are often vulnerable and in need of repairs. Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of this situation to offer fake contracting services in order to swindle unsuspecting individuals. The Better Business Bureau warns that these scammers may be lurking around the corner, so homeowners should be cautious and not make hasty decisions when approached by door-to-door solicitors offering services.

Monica Horton, the president of the BBB, recommends being vigilant and doing your research before hiring any contractors or service providers. One of the main red flags to watch out for is a solicitor pressuring the homeowner for upfront payment with no intention of following through on their promises. Horton also advises homeowners to always ask to see a solicitation permit before agreeing to any services. In Wichita Falls, solicitors are required to have a permit in order to conduct business door-to-door.

It’s important for residents to be aware of potential scams and protect themselves from falling victim to fraudulent schemes. By staying informed and aware, homeowners can make smart decisions about who they hire for repairs and avoid falling prey to con artists looking to take advantage of vulnerable individuals during times of crisis.

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