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The Better Business Bureau offers tips on avoiding storm damage repair scams

A sighting of a funnel cloud near Lake of Egypt on Sunday, May 26, 2024.
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A sighting of a funnel cloud near Lake of Egypt on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Now that plenty of people in the region will be searching for legitimate contractors to help repair storm-damaged property, the Better Business Bureau wants to make sure people in need don't get scammed.

BBB regional director Sydney Waters says watch out for those who demand all the payment up front and those who don't have a written guarantee.

"If you're dealing with one of these people, make sure you have some sort of written guarantee with all the terms...the start date, the finish date, all the products they'll need to complete the job (such as) the complete cost, any additional service fees. When you are doing that, ask for all of their licensing and accreditation for the service they are offering you."

Waters says also watch out for door-to-door solicitors who aren't from the area, may not have a company vehicle and offer an unusually low price for the job.

She advises people to go to the scam tracker page on the Better Business Bureau website.

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