Home and business structures can get damaged in the event of a disaster. Examples include storms as Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma. The damage caused by storms attracts fake contractors and roofers. These characters immediately set out to help in the recovery efforts. You do not have to fall victim to roofing scams in Texas; read the following disaster relief tips.
Take Pictures Immediately
After the storm, check to see what happened to your roof and take pictures after the weather clears. A lot of scam artists will come to your door and offer you a free inspection. Then, they might show you an image of someone else’s home. They may also go to your house and cause more damage to try and get more money from you. If you take the photos first, it can help you to weed out these scammers.
Look for Fraud Warning Signs
Fraud begins with a simple knock on the door or a phone call from a person claiming to be a roofing contractor. If you happen to get these phone calls or knocks on your door, remember that the contractor may not be who they claim. Listed below are some of the warning signs that you should look out for.
- Demands of money upfront, especially in the form of a cash deposit.
- A contractor who does not have a local address.
- If the contractor is driving a vehicle with out-of-state license plates.
- A contractor who has a phone area code that’s not local or a Google Voice phone number which allows them to appear local when in they are not.