Beware of the Top 4 Scams Taking Place After Abilene’s Bad Weather
While Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog is predicting six more weeks of winter weather, the scammers are making their way into Abilene and the Big Country trying to make money from mishaps and the bad weather. According to John Riggins, the President of the Abilene Better Business Bureau, the scammers are already rearing their ugly heads.
The top three most popular scams, all have something to do with your home and the other scam revolves around our vehicles. Most often these scammers appear to be hard-working Texans trying to assist homeowners from some of the ice storm mishaps. Riggins said all too often these scammers turn into another storm you'll have to weather.
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A lot of times these scammers are sounding genuine and give one the feeling they are there to help. However, in reality, the scammers just want your money. Be careful because they give off the appearance that they are a well-certified company and as soon as they get paid "to go buy materials" the scam has been executed.
John Riggins, President of the Better Business Bureau of Abilene says "all too often our roofs, plumbing, trees and vehicles succumb to the severe ice storms. Many times causing damage that cannot be seen right away. If you have had any damage, the Better Business Bureau offers these reminders:
- Start with a calling your insurance provider. They will let you know what your coverage is and may offer a list of service providers to assist you.
- Check reviews from independent sources for companies you are unfamiliar with. A great place to start is on our BBB website.
- Don’t be pressured by a person who shows up on your doorstep. Request a copy of their contract for your review and contact information. They will accept your business later after you have done your homework.
- Being asked for a large advance coan be a red flag letting you know to look further.
- If feasible, get at least three estimates before making a decision.
John Riggins, advises, “You don’t need the repairs to become the second storm of the month you weather.” Source: John Riggins Abilene BBB Press Release.
Riggins says "you don’t need the repairs to become your second storm of the month to recover from." Finally, if you need more information, or assistance or need to file a report contact the Abilene BBB online at BBB.org, 3300 South 14th Street, Suite #307, Abilene, Texas. or by calling (325) 691-1533.
Before you commit to anything, John says "do your homework and check them out." I remember what my father always said, a lot of the best companies do not come to you looking for a business, they are busy enough as it is, that you'll have to seek them out.