Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lake County Sheriff's Office Alerts Residents and Businesses to Take Precautions Against Flood Scams

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has posted a statement reminding Lake County residents of the increased risk of scammers attempting to capitalize on those impacted by flooding.

One of the recommendations of the sheriff's office is that residents take photographs of your contractor and any work vehicles. The Cardinal recommends you use discretion in capturing contractor images. You may decide to be straightforward with the contractor and make notification that you want to document the work for your insurance. Alternatively, you may want to use cellphone video or still shots in a way that you can secretly captured vehicle information, license plates, etc. with being confrontational.

The Lake County Sheriff's office posted the following on sheriff's office official Facebook page ...

Often, in times of natural disaster there is an increase in door-to-door criminals attempting to solicit fraudulent business. The Lake County Sheriff's Office and Lake County Emergency Operations Center have seen an increase in inquiries from the community who feel they may have fallen prey to one of these scams.

Some safety tips include:

• Check with the Better Business Bureau and your insurance company to determine the credibility of the service provider.

• Do not let anybody inside of your home, unless you have initiated the appointment.

• Obtain several (three or more) estimates for repair work.

• Take photographs of your contractor and any work vehicles.

• Before work begins, obtain a written contract.

• If you see or detect anything suspicious, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, "Scammers target the vulnerable and with the devastating impacts we've seen from the flooding, they will likely be out in force. Remember, check with your local village, township, or insurance company to verify the credibility of the service provider. Please pass this information along to any family or friends who have been impacted by the flooding."

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