The Herald Bulletin

November 22, 2013

Attorney general warns storm victims to watch for scams


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning people whose homes or businesses were damaged by recent storms to be wary of contractors going door-to-door.

Zoeller says fly-by-night contractors often travel to weather-related disaster areas to offer home repair, clean-up, debris removal and tree-trimming services and leave without the work being finished. Zoeller says if a contractor tries to pressure anyone into a quick decision, the answer should be no.

He advises getting a written contract before any work is performed or payment is made. He says Indiana law requires home improvement contracts exceeding $150 to be in writing. He also recommends before signing the contract to make sure it includes the cost, payment schedule, description of work, estimated start and completion dates, contractor's contact information and contractor's signature.