These Bad Weather Scams Are Going On Now Around the Big Country
The recent thunderstorms we had in Abilene and around the Big Country and the amount of hail that also came with these storms have given birth to the bad weather scams here in West Texas. When it comes to roofers they are always in my opinion the first to start making the rounds after bad weather.
The scammers are making their way around the Big Country trying to make money from the mishaps the bad weather caused. According to John Riggins, President of the Abilene Better Business Bureau, he says that the scammers are already rearing their ugly heads.
The top three most popular scams, all have something to do with your home and the other scam revolves around our vehicles. Most often these scammers appear to be hard-working Texans trying to assist homeowners from the damage the storms caused.
The BBB's John Riggins said, "All too often these scammers turn into another storm you'll have to weather." What Riggins means is that a lot of times these scammers are sounding genuine and give one the feeling they are there to help.
The reality is that these scammers just want your money and that's it period end of sentence. So, be careful because they give off the appearance that they are a well-certified company, and as soon as they get paid "to go buy materials" the scam has been executed.
John Riggins, President of the Better Business Bureau of Abilene says "all too often our roofs, trees and vehicles succumb to the severe thunderstorms. Many times causing damage that cannot be seen right away."
If you have had any damage, the Better Business Bureau offers these reminders:
- Start with calling your insurance provider. They will let you know what your coverage is and may offer a list of service providers to assist you.
- Check reviews from independent sources for companies you are unfamiliar with. A great place to start is on our local BBB website.
- Don’t be pressured by a person who shows up on your doorstep. Request a copy of their contract for your review and contact information. They will accept your business later after you have done your homework.
- Being asked for a large advance loan is a red flag letting you know to look further.
- If feasible, get at least three estimates before making a decision.
Mr. Riggins, advises, “You don’t need the repairs to become the second storm of the month you weather.” Source: John Riggins Abilene BBB Press Release.
Finally, if you need more information, or assistance or need to file a report contact the Abilene BBB online at BBB.org, 3300 South 14th Street, Suite #307, Abilene, or by calling them at (325) 691-1533.
Remember, a lot of the best companies do not come to you looking for business, they are busy enough as it is, that you'll have to seek them.