BEWARE | Fraudulent contractors scam property owners in storm season

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The Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of after-storm scammers.
The Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of after-storm scammers.
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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As the season changes, people stand a chance of experiencing storm damage to their property. They also stand a chance of being scammed by unlicensed contractors.

The Better Business Bureau recently issued a warning to Crisp County residents affected by Saturday’s tornado damage. The BBB urges community members to be on alert when hiring contractors to repair damages.

According to Kelvin Collins, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Georgia, property owners should make repairs to their home or business as soon as possible. However, he encourages people to exercise caution when looking for a contractor.

“People honestly wait for different storms that are going to come to the area,” Collins said. They can go in and make a profit from it. Typically natural disasters bring out the best in people, but they can bring out the worst in people as well.”

Collins says fake contractors take advantage of post-storm damage to scam property owners out of money by using shoddy materials or substandard work.

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