Following severe weather that swept through large portions of Indiana over the weekend, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is urging residents to exercise vigilance when seeking restoration and repair work in the wake of damage caused by thunderstorms, tornadoes and other severe-weather events.
In April, Hill launched “Double check before you write a check” – a consumer protection campaign aimed at safeguarding Hoosiers from fraudulent business practices in the wake of severe weather that leaves homes, vehicles or other property damaged.
In the aftermath of severe weather, property owners are vulnerable to the tactics of scammers commonly known as “storm chasers.” Those affected by storms are advised to avoid letting the emotional toll of situations influence decisions about repairing or replacing items that are damaged or lost. Property owners should do their due diligence and be skeptical of individuals and businesses offering services immediately following storms. Consumers should remember that the best decisions are informed decisions.
Specifically, consider following these tips: Avoid agreeing to any repair or restoration work on the spot during initial contact with anyone offering services. Do not immediately sign contracts or agreements of any kind without first gathering information and researching businesses. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites that can be easily navigated and verified. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.
Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed after a severe weather event. They may do so by visiting IndianaConsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.