SAN ANGELO, TX - The San Angelo Police Department and the Better Business Bureau are warning residents of potential scammers capitalizing off of severe weather damage.
"Often times they're saying they'll be giving them a discount if they pay and they can do the work that same day," Tracy Gonzalez, public information officer for SAPD, said.
Gonzalez says they've received many reports of scammers in San Angelo.
They're disguised as independent handyman offering cleanup and repair services often times at inflated rates.
Some of them known as "storm chasers."
"A term that we give to people that really look for those weather events and then they prey on those victims in those communities that have been affected by those bad weather, severe weather, events like we had on Friday," Gonzalez said.
SAPD and the BBB are offering residents a few tips:
- When approached by a contractor, ask for proof of licensing and bonding.
- Do not pay for the job in advance.
- Be sure that all promises are put in writing.
- Review the company with the BBB's website: www.bbb.org
Meanwhile, if you happen to get a knock on your doorstep asking if you need assistance.
"If somebody does come to your door and offers to do repair work take their information and tell them you'll get back to them if you're interested," Gonzalez said.
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