Richmond, VA—After the surge of violent weather on June 25, 2012, the Better Business Bureau warns the public to avoid "storm chasers," companies which attempt to swindle citizens by offering bogus home repairs, and soliciting false charity donations.
Tom Gallagher, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia, made the following statement regarding the scams: "It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms like the ones we had yesterday. Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won't deliver."
Consumers should also be wary of donating money to charities, and are encouraged to proceed with caution when faced with appeals designed to tug heartstrings. "Many of the appeals are legitimate, but some are not," says Gallagher. "Be especially cautious with solicitations that are based on emotion and ask for an immediate contribution."
Local disaster victims should check the legitimacy of contractors who offer repair work by visiting www.richmond.bbb.org, or calling BBB Serving Central Virginia at 804-648-0016.
Copyright 2012 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond
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