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How to avoid flood aftermath scams

8:47 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) -- With a widespread disaster like last week's floods, chances are someone will try to take advantage of the victims.

13 is On Your Side helping you avoid scams. Phil Catlett from the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan has some advice to frequently asked questions:

What should flooding victims do first?

  • Check with insurance
  • Save all receipts
  • Don't be pressured into making a quick decision
  • Be pro-active, not reactive
  • Make temporary fixes if necessary

If major repairs needed what specific things should people do?

  • Get three to four estimates
  • Check references before choosing a contractor
  • Make sure they are licensed

What do we commonly see in terms of scams?

  • Be wary of door-to-door "storm chasers"
  • Watch out for fast talkers
  • Read the fine print with contractors who make you sign a contract

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