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As communities clean up from wind storm beware of contractor scams

Posted at 7:03 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 19:03:07-05

Strong winds left destruction across Western New York and the day after the storm, contractors are assessing the damage and beginning to make repairs. As the work begins, what should consumers look for to ensure the job is done right?

The days after a major weather event can be a gold mine for fly by night contractors, but the office of the New York Attorney General says think before you hire a business.

Before you make any decisions, shop around. Look at multiple contractors and get quotes for the work you want done and then compare those prices.

Also, get references on the business from friends and neighbors and check with the BBB. Any reports of people not happy with a job could be a red flag.

Lastly, be sure the workers or company has insurance. Without the proper insurance anyone hurt on your property could leave you liable.

Have you been scammed by a contractor? There are steps you can take. Click here for information on how to file a consumer complaint with the state Attorney General.