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*BEWARE* Disaster Contractor Scams *PSA*

Hi Everyone,


It is unfortunate that this post needs to be written. With the recent storms and natural disasters, we have seen an increase in dishonest contractors that are preying upon and scamming desperate homeowners and disaster victims in need of emergency assistance and repairs. They tend to demand upfront fees and, once the payment is received, they will completely abandon the job stranding families in damaged, unsafe homes. They are also soliciting for relief donations to help families in need and are then pocketing the money for themselves.


The following are some Warning Signs of the scam:

  • High-pressure tactics to get contracts signed

  • Demands for immediate, upfront payment

  • Extremely low estimates compared to others

  • Vague responses to questions about license numbers, business insurance, and costs

  • Lack of a physical business address

  • Lack of a website

  • Out of town phone number or address

  • Contact only through third-party apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram


According to Coni Meyers, president of Crisis Knowledge Management & Preparedness Foundation: “...check business licenses, research business reviews, [and] review insurance policies...", however, this may be easier said than done. If you are in need of assistance or are unsure if something is a scam, please also contact me. We have a circle of preferred partners that have been vetted and are trusted by us to provide you with the best experience possible.


Do not be swayed by high pressure tactics or so-called "experts" that prey on your desperation. Stay safe and know that I am only a phone call away if I can help you (c: 847-507-7126 | o: 678-341-2900).


Graham


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