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Avoiding scams in storm aftermath

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While some people choose to help after severe storms, others may choose to cash in on storm victims' losses.
In fact, the aftermath of a natural disaster is considered a prime time for scammers: people who take money from others without ever completing repair work.
     
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells ABC 33/40 there are no reports yet of that kind of fraud happening since Monday's tornadoes. But Better Business Bureau experts as well as AAA Alabama Spokesperson Clay Ingram have offered the following advice to avoid being scammed:

Avoid paying before service
Ask for recommendations for contractors
Get at least three estimates for a job
Make sure all agreements are in writing
Check to ensure the contractor has a license and meets bonding requirements
Be careful of contractors who go from door-to-door, offering services in unmarked vehicles
If you experience or see fraudulent activity, contact police.


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