Attorney General Todd Rokita Warns Hoosiers of Storm Related Scams

Todd Rokita says to watch for these scammers on your doorstep.

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(State of Indiana) - Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers of storm related fraudsters. When storms cause damage to homes, these scammers will show up at your doorstep to offer cleanup or repairs.

They gather personal information and try to get money for projects they have no intention of doing. Todd Rokita suggests do your research before agreeing to work with these individuals. Here is a list that was provided to keep yourself safe from these scams.

• Be skeptical of people promising immediate cleanup and debris removal.  

• Know that FEMA doesn’t charge application fees. If someone wants money to help you qualify for FEMA funds, that’s probably a scam. 

• Check out contractors’ reputations before enlisting their services.   

• Ask for IDs, licenses, and 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 by wire transfer, gift card, cryptocurrency, or in cash. 

• Don’t pay the full amount for the project up front. 

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