State attorney general warns Hoosiers of home improvement scams

Whether you’re heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or hanging out at a backyard BBQ, Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers to be wary of scams. With recent storms, scammers will be out in full force trying to sell you scams related to clean-up, repair, and rebuilding.

Fly-by-night con artists appear on people’s doorsteps, promise to make needed repairs and then disappear forever with their victims’ down-payments in their pockets.

Attorney General Rokita is sharing the following tips to help Hoosiers avoid falling victim to storm-chasing scammers:

  • Be skeptical of people promising immediate clean-up and debris removal.
  • Check out contractors’ reputations before enlisting their services.
  • Ask for IDs, licenses, proof the contractor is both bonded and insured.
  • Get more than one estimate for work.
  • Don’t believe any promises that aren’t in writing.
  • Never pay in cash.
  • Don’t pay the full amount for the project up front.

Dealing with a disaster is never easy. But when scammers target people just trying to recover, the experience can become even more difficult. If you ever suspect a scam of any type, file a complaint at indianaconsumer.com or call Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office at 1-800-382-5516.

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