Contractor Scams Emerge Amid Utah Windstorm Damage

December 6, 2011

Utah state officials are warning of scams after getting reports of unlicensed contractors trying capitalize on damage from last week’s wind storm.

Utah Department of Commerce Chief Francine Giani says the contractors have been canvassing neighborhoods and businesses in the wake of the Thursday storms, searching for properties that need repairs.

Officials say scams often begin when contractors offer cheap repairs, ask for money up front and then do a poor job on the project or disappear.

Giani says consumers can protect themselves by using a professional, licensed contractor who is insured. Residents can verify the contractor’s status by asking to see a license or by contacting the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

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