What: Attorney General Pruitt to attend Memorial Service
When: 6 p.m., Sunday, May 26
Where: First Baptist Church of Moore, NW 27 & I-35
The Attorney General’s Office has received reports of criminals called “travelers” in tornado affected areas. With several tornado damaged areas opening up this weekend, AG investigators are very concerned that these fake contractors will begin targeting affected areas. These con-artists travel from state to state, preying on storm victims’ vulnerability. While several residents will want to clean their property, trim trees or begin to rebuild as quickly as possible, General Pruitt warns them to be alert of these criminals who pose as contractors. Do not agree to pay cash up front for the entire job and use local reputable businesses. AG investigators have been in the field since Monday to distribute the Oklahoma Disaster Scam Prevention Packet and to talk to families. A booth with copies of the scam prevention packets has been set up at the First Baptist Church of Moore on N 27th and I-35. General Pruitt cautions residents to be wary of contractors who: ·Solicit for work door-to-door; ·Offer discounts for finding other customers; ·“Just happen to have” materials left over from a previous job; ·Accept only cash payments; ·Pressure you for an immediate decision; ·Ask you to pay for the entire job up-front.
He suggests the following tips for choosing a proper contractor: ·Ask for referrals from people you trust; ·Try to do business with local companies; ·Request to see proof of certification and insurance; ·Check out the repair service with the AG’s Public Protection Unit and the Better Business Bureau; ·Ask for customer references; ·Get written estimates from several companies; ·Don’t do business without a written contract; ·Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing; ·Agree on start and completion dates, and have them in the contract.