On Your Side: After Storm Scams

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News 12 at 6, March 19, 2008

BATH, S.C. -- Damage like what we've seen over the past few days can bring out the best in people when neighbors reach out to help. But they can also bring out the worst, when scammers try to take advantage of people who are in a desperate hour.

The best thing to do is your homework at this point. It may seem like you don't have time, but you need to make a little time to keep from being scammed.

If you have repairs that still need to be done, check with friend and family for a recommendation. Do not pay up front. Look for established businesses that are licensed and bonded.

You can do that by calling the Department of Labor and Licensing. And whatever you do, avoid the door-to-door salesman.

"I think first and foremost, go find someone to do the work. Don't wait for someone to come to your door. Don't wait for someone to come by and say ‘we have some extra supplies. Let me give you a great deal’," said Donna DeMichael of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

If you suspect someone is price gouging or running a scam, please contact local law enforcement.




 
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