The sun may be out after a tropical system has passed, but so are the scammers.
Southwest Floridians have to be on the lookout for people taking advantage of those needing storm repairs. Bad actors will use times of disaster recovery to exploit residents with price gouging and other storm-related scams.
Common tactics are repair, tree service or even water-testing scams. People without licenses, insurance or experience may try to rip you off by charging exorbitant prices. The work may never get finished. You can be left with more problems and more expenses.
- Be wary of walkup offers
- Discount for working with leftover supplies
- Research the business
- Check for insurance
- Don’t pay full amount before work
The Florida Attorney General put out information called “After the Storm” with more tips.