Officials Warn Against Storm Damage Repair Scams In Scott County
Storm victims said roof and home repair companies have poured into the county and they didn’t know who to trust."We get 15 people coming to our house a day," said Dustin Booker, a resident of the Canewood subdivision. "We walked around the circle and someone gave me a flier. They’d already given me a flier yesterday. They come around like vultures."
The BBB had the following recommendations to keep homeowners from getting scammed:
- File an insurance claim
- Check to see if company is licensed to work in Scott County
- Check the company’s history with the BBB
- Make sure the company is insured and bonded
- Get the company’s name along with contact names, numbers and addresses in case there is a problem
- Get everything in writing
- Never pay for the work in full, up front
All those tips are understood by storm damage victim Dustin Booker.
"We moved from Ohio six months ago so we don’t know local companies or names or anything. They tell us let us get on the roof, get inside, look at windows, see what’s broken, but we don’t know who these people are," said Booker.
The Scott County Sheriff also warned about a man who was reportedly robbed Thursday by thieves who posed as roofing crews.