For Immediate Release
March 4, 2010
Senior Assistant Attorney General James T. Boffetti
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Attorney General Michael Delaney today issued an advisory to New Hampshire residents to be wary of anyone who comes to a residence offering storm cleanup or storm repair services. In the wake of the recent windstorm, thousands of New Hampshire citizens were left with significant damage to their property, with the need, in some cases, for expensive cleanup and repair. "Unfortunately," said Delaney, "there are always unscrupulous individuals who devise scams to take advantage of people in need and to profit from someone else's loss."
The Attorney General advises citizens to exercise caution when someone knocks on your door or calls you offering their services. People who engage in these types of scams are more prone to prey on elderly citizens. If you have an elderly family member or neighbor, please be attentive to their situation and provide assistance to them in finding a reputable business.
The Attorney General reminds people to watch for certain indications that an attempted scam may be happening, including:
According to the NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, if a contractor comes to your door and claims that you will be reimbursed by FEMA for the cleanup monies, this is not true. The assessment of the damage from this storm is just getting underway and yard cleanup for individual citizens is not usually reimbursed.
Resources for finding someone to assist you with storm cleanup and repair include:
If you have a concern about a person who is in your neighborhood, claiming to be a contractor, contact your local police department or the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's office at 1-888-468-4454 or (603) 271-3643.
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