The Illinois Attorney General warned that residents should watch out for repair scams following April’s tornado outbreak in the northern and central parts of the state. Numerous homes and businesses were affected by the storm system, and several areas reported widespread devastation. While many homeowners and businesses will be eager to begin repairs and recovery in the wake of the storm, the Attorney General urges them to carefully choose the contractors they work with. Her office will be investigating complaints of repair scams across the state, and Illinois residents can help by reporting potential scams to the Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438.
“Storm-Chasing” Contractors Take Advantage of Unwary Policyholders
Repair scammers often crop up in areas affected by devastating storms. They take advantage of people concerned about their homes and businesses by pressuring them into costly decisions—or simply disappearing with their money, leaving shoddy or non-existent work behind. For residents concerned about potential scams, Madigan advises, “Do your research before you hand over any money by first making sure you are hiring a reputable company. Be wary of anyone who knocks on your door offering services and make sure you obtain written copies of all contracts and warrantees.”
Along with the announcement warning the public about fraudulent contractors, Attorney General Lisa Madigan also filed lawsuits against four repair and supply businesses that took advantage of Illinois homeowners in previous storms. There is also a registration process being implemented to keep fraudulent contractors from accessing the newly storm-ravaged sites of Fairdale and Rochelle.
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