AG Hill aims to protect storm victims after severe weather crosses state

Last Updated on July 11, 2017 by cassnetwork

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is urging residents to be vigilant when seeking restoration and repair work in the wake of damage caused by recent thunderstorms.

Parts of Indiana are experiencing flooding this week due to heavy rains. Spotters have reported possible tornadoes in Carroll, Huntington, Miami and Wabash counties, according to the Associated Press.

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) is reminding Hoosiers to be wary of those offering restoration and repair services. In April, Hill launched “Double check before you write a check” – a consumer protection campaign aimed at safeguarding Hoosiers from fraudulent business practices in the wake of severe weather that leaves homes, vehicles or other property damaged.

In the aftermath of severe weather, property owners are vulnerable to the tactics of scammers commonly known as “storm chasers.” The CPD advises those affected by storms to do their due diligence and avoid letting the emotional toll of situations influence their decisions about repairing or replacing items that are damaged or lost. Property owners are wise to be skeptical of anyone immediately offering services in such situations.

General Hill and the CPD encourage those affected to follow these tips: Avoid agreeing to any repair or restoration work on the spot during initial contact with anyone offering services. Do not immediately sign contracts or agreements of any kind without first gathering information and researching businesses being represented. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites that can be easily navigated and verified. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.

When it comes to repairs and restoration following a severe weather event, the best decision is an informed decision. General Hill and the CPD strongly suggest residents double check the companies they plan to hire before writing checks for proposed work.

Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed after a severe weather event. To reach the CPD, visit IndianaConsumer.com or call 1-800-382-5516.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill