LaGrange police urge citizens to beware of contracting scams during storm repairs

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Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 1:53 PM EST
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - The LaGrange Police Department urges citizens not to fall victim to scammers while beginning the process of having their homes and property repaired after the recent tornado.

Officials advise when communicating with contractors to research the business and inquire about references, licensing and whether the business is insured.

Taking someone at their word and not requiring proof prior to signing a contract or exchanging money is not recommended.

The police department says one safe way to find creditable businesses is to reach out to trusted family, friends and your insurance company for guidance.

Further, the State of Georgia Insurance Commission is also available if you have any questions concerning homeowners insurance.

For more additional resources to assist in verifying legitimate business, click the links below:

After yesterday’s tornado we know that many of our citizens are beginning the process of having their homes and property repaired. During this process we do not want to see anyone fall victim to scammers and others with less than honorable intentions. We urge you when communicating with contractors, please be sure to research the business name online, inquire about references, licensing and whether the business is insured. Please do not simply take anyone at their word alone and ask for proof before signing any contract or allowing money to exchange hands. Reaching out to trusted family, friends and your insurance company are a few of the safest ways to conduct business during this time. You may also find assistance through the State of Georgia Insurance Commission should have any concerns or questions relating to homeowners insurance.

Below are resources that may assist you in verifying a legitimate business. These are simple references and are in no way a guarantee as to the legitimacy of any business or their quality of work.