City Warns of Flood Repair Scammers

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Joe Amigleo, NBC Chicago

    After a week of weather madness left Chicago in chaos, residents have one more thing to keep on their radar.

    The city’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumers Protection issued an alert Saturday warning Chicagoans to be wary of scammers offering home repairs in flood-damaged homes.

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    The alert cautions consumers about home repair scammers that prey on residents who have suffered water damage and says they often descend on flood-stricken areas.

    Many of the scammers will go door to door to offer cleanup assistance and promise a speedy repair, but the results, if any, are often less than satisfactory, the alert said.

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    The BACP recommends residents verify the identification of people claiming to be from an insurance company, be wary of door-to-door solicitors and be patient.

    When hiring a contractor, the BACP advises residents to confirm the contractor is licensed, verify their insurance, check the business’ references, seek referrals, search and compare companies online and do not pay in advance or with cash.