Amid natural disasters, scammers pad pockets

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May 20, 2013 Moore tornado damage

MOORE, OKLA. – Natural disasters bring out the best and worst in people.

News Channel’s Scott Hines spent the afternoon in Moore helping put the word out about scam artists looking to profit off the recent tragedies.

“I almost gave up even without being scammed,” Moore resident, Amber Harris, said.

Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, and his team of investigators continue to case devastated neighborhoods warning homeowners about lurking scam artists.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt cautions Oklahomans to be wary of repair services and contractors who:

· Solicit for work door-to-door;
· Offer discounts for finding other customers;
· “Just happen to have” materials left over from a previous job;
· Accept only cash payments;
· Pressure you for an immediate decision;
· Ask you to pay for the entire job up-front.

The Attorney General’s Office suggests the following tips for choosing a proper contractor or repair service:

· Ask for referrals from people you trust;
· Try to do business with local companies;
· Request to see proof of certification and insurance;
· Check out repair service w/ the AG’s Public Protection Unit and the BBB
· Ask for customer references;
· Get written estimates from several companies;
· Don’t do business without a written contract;
· Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing;
· Agree on start and completion dates, and have them in the contract.

Anyone who experiences price gouging or suspects fraud should call the AG’s Office immediately at (405) 521-2029.

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