As Florida and the Caribbean begin the long work of recoveering and Texas Continues clean-up efforts from Hurricane Irma and Harvey, the Better Business Bureau is continuing to urge caution when it comes to donations, storm clean-up, and rebuilding.
Several reports to BBB Scam Tracker have cited price gauging of essentials, government grant scams mentioning the hurricanes, and phony credit card charges in Euros “because of the hurricane,” and BBB is looking into potential charity scams and unauthorized crowdfunding campaigns. But the biggest concerns may still lie ahead, as “storm chasers” arrive in hard-hit areas.
“It’s unfortunate that, after every natural disaster, unscrupulous people prey on the victims of the storm in their hour of need,” said Mary E. Power, CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the umbrella organization for the local BBBs across North America. “Now that clean-up has begun, BBB is reminding homeowners and business owners to be cautious of ‘storm chasers’ and out-of-town contractors who may lack proper licensing, ask for full payment in advance and then do minimal work, over-promise on quick fixes, or just take the money and run.”
“I am happy to report that all of our BBB staffers in Texas, Florida, and across the south are safe,” Power added, “and most are back at work helping consumers and business begin the long road to recovery.”
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