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How to avoid becoming a victim of door-to-door scammers

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Now that floodwaters are receding, state police are reminding residents to watch out for scammers going door-to-door.

If you or someone you know wants to hire outside help, be sure there's a written contract stating:

  • The work to be done
  • The quality of the materials to be used
  • Any warranties
  • Start and completion dates
  • Total cost of the job
  • Payment schedule

Also, be sure to ask the contractor to provide a license number, get at least three written estimates, never sign a contract with blank spaces, make sure your contractor is insured and don't pay for the entire job up-front.

The state has a website to verify the license of an electrician, plumber or mechanical contractor. 

Officials are warning of a FEMA scam that has popped up following the flood. To read more, click here

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