Natural Disasters Can Bring Out the Worst in Some People

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Charities, Community Outreach
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Beware of Shady Characters!

When we see people in need, more often than not, we will have a heart and will be charitable for whatever cause arises. In the midst of victims suffering from the aftermath of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires or flooding, you will see an influx of neighbor helping neighbor, even if the neighbor is half way around the world.

On the flipside of that charitable coin, lies something more sinister than the storm itself. Charity scams, deceptive home repair contractors and other con artists try to capitalize on the hardship of suffering people and often succeed. If you are a victim of a natural disaster or know someone who is, be vigilant by not becoming a victim again for fraudulence sake. If you receive a check from an insurance claim or seek to hire someone to do some repairs for you, we highly recommend that you do your homework. Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints or any type of infraction that may be reported about a company or business you are thinking about hiring. Often these folks will probably start a new company under a new name if they were forced to shut down their former business. However, they will leave some type of paper trail that will send up a red flag of caution.

Demand to see a copy of this contractor’s liability insurance policy to make sure that they are legitimately licensed and bonded. If the individual or company is running a legitimate business, they won’t mind if you contact their insurer to make sure their policy is valid. As a word of caution, do not act out of haste and desperation. Con artists know when you are desperate, gullible and will prey on your fears and hesitations if you allow it.

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  1. MInedas says:

    Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints or any type of infraction that may be reported about a company or business you are thinking about hiring. Often these folks will probably start a new company under a new name if they were forced to shut down their former business.com to post a comment to your blog.NIce post, thanks for sharing

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