Georgia Officials Warn Residents of Home Repair Fraud
ATLANTA, Ga. (WDEF) — Georgia residents should be aware of home repair fraud that may occur following damaging storms, Attorney General Chris Carr said in a press release.
Some things to look out for are insurance scams, price gouging and other schemes, which are common following the recent severe storms.
Attorney General Carr said that criminals may try taking advantage of people who are victims of severe storms.
The press release notes that scammers may ask for up-front payments and then never do the repair work, price gouge, charge for unnecessary repairs and do poor work.
“With con artists ready to prey on those impacted by the recent storms, we want to ensure that consumers are aware of their protections under the law and know how to spot a scam,” said Attorney General Carr.
Carr says, if your home is damaged, it is important to fully research a contractor before hiring them to make repairs.
Attorney General Chris Carr and Insurance Commissioner John King are offering advice in avoiding fraud or scams:
- Steer clear of any contractor who asks for full payment up-front, only accepts payment in cash, or refuses to provide you with a written contract.
- Avoid door-to-door offers for home repair work. Instead, ask friends and neighbors for referrals.
- Be skeptical of any contractor that offers to pay your insurance deductible or offers other no-cost incentives, as these can be signs of a scam. Always talk to your insurance company before committing to any storm-related repairs or inspections.
- Ask contractors for references and check them out.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the business.
- Ensure that the contractor has the required licensing and/or affiliation.
“Unfortunately, bad actors know to target victims at their most vulnerable, such as after a storm-related loss,” said Commissioner King
For more tips and advice, see the full press release.