Beware of “Storm Chasers” Preying on Victims

Strong storms with potentially flooding downpours, tornadoes, powerful winds, and hail have been making their way across the state this storm season. They leave massive damage to homes and businesses in their wake, including downed trees and power lines, damage to roofs, homes, cars and fences.

“Home and business owners who suffer damage to their property should carefully research companies before making a final decision,” said Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of BBB. “With the diverse and severe weather that Oklahoma receives, storm related damage is increasingly common. The likelihood of scammers and unethical businesses taking advantage of consumers increases when severe weather comes through our state. Comparing companies and researching the market ensures that you will not become a victim.” Letcher summarized, “BBB receives multiple reports and complaints related to weather related scams or scam attempts each year.”

Generally, these complaints focused on repair scams and insurance issues. This is because significant damage as a result of high winds and fallen trees can often draw out-of-town contractors, otherwise known as storm chasers, who solicit their repair services door-to-door. Homeowners should exercise caution when dealing with door-to-door solicitors, who may not be licensed or insured.

 

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