AG Offers Tips for Easier Fight Against Flood Fraud As Flood Waters Recede

AG Offers Tips for Easier Fight Against Flood Fraud As Flood Waters Recede

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www.agjimhood.com), get references and check them out, and go buy materials and have them delivered to your home.  If we do have some unscrupulous clean-up or renovation workers come to the flooded areas, our best evidence is pictures made by the flood victim of the damage to the house, the contractor, his/her vehicle and tag.  If they start running when you start taking pictures of them and their vehicle, this is your sign that they might be a crook.” While Attorney General Hood recognizes most contractors are honest business people, he emphasizes that the scams perpetrated on suffering homeowners could have a devastating effect. In order to protect against home repair fraud after the flood, Attorney General Hood has the following tips:

  • Always get more than one estimate.
  • Request references and talk with those references.
  • Use Mississippi contractors if you can.
  • Get all terms in a detailed written contract.
  • Be wary of supposed contractors who come to your home soliciting business. Especially with wide-spread flood damage, most reputable contractors will be busy and won’t need to solicit business.
Additionally, the Attorney General warns consumers to look out for fake officials or anyone operating “door to door”.  Many times after devastation, scam artists portray themselves as officials to obtain access into your home.  This is a common ploy for burglars and individuals selling expensive and unnecessary repairs.   Identity thieves often pose as officials when they come to your door or call acting as if they are from FEMA, MEMA or your insurance company. The Attorney General’s website, www.agjimhood.com, has a brochure which has helpful prevention tips as well as a model contract for home repair. If you suspect home repair fraud, please contact the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division at 601-359-4230 or 1-800-281-4418.]]]]> ]]>