12 On Your Side: Scammers lurking after ice storm Pax

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Folks have a lot of damage to their homes and other property in the aftermath of ice storm Pax and scammers know that and are ready to take advantage of it.

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Feb. 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Officials say some unscrupulous folks are going through neighborhoods looking for storm victims.

They are trying to convince homeowners that they will fix your home and property. Now whichever county you live in, call to see if debris removal is available.

Meanwhile the Better Business Bureau says:

  • Be wary of door-to-door workers without you contacting them
  • Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and specific filing requirements get everything in writing
  • Never pay a full amount in advance
  • Deposits should be no more than 30 percent of the full price

While thousands of you are still without following the ice storm.

Utilities are saying most customer should be back on by Monday night. It may be another 48 to 72 hours before lights are fully restored and that is certainly a reason to be optimistic.

If you are an SCE&G customer, it says Aiken County customers will have their lights back on no later than Monday at 11 p.m.

If you live in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick counties SCE&G says your lights will be on no later than Sunday night.. Georgia Power just released its latest numbers showing 4,000 restored customers within a 90-minute period.

The company says 95 percent of it's customers in Augusta, Evans, Thomson and Waynesboro will have power restored by Saturday at midnight.

To check out the latest outages in your area go to your utility's website which has active maps. And as we have been warning you since the storm, authorities say if you see a downed power line or fallen tree on a power line call your utility company and not 9-1-1.

Meanwhile, Chris Douse with State Farm Insurance in Augusta said the damage is extensive among its clients. He said there could be more than 100,000 homes damaged by ice storm Pax.

Douse also stressed the importance of having insurance even if you are a renter. He added that if you have debris and tree limbs in your yard from the storm, your insurance may provide for debris removal.


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