The recent damage done by the wind and storms in tristate brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.
As a follow up, your Better Business Bureau is warning local residents affected by the recent storms to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.
“It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms like the ones we had last week,” said Jocile Ehrlich, President of the Better Business Bureau. “Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.”
**"Storm chasers" are workers that follow storms around the country and target areas that are in need. They do not have permanent locations, and are hard to find once the storm is over. "Storm Chasers" include people that do roofing, siding, car repair and tree trimming.**
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