(Myrtle Beach, SC) – The potential damage that may be caused by Hurricane Matthew can bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.
As a follow up, your Better Business Bureau is warning local residents that may be affected by the storms to beware of storm chasers and out-of- town contractors soliciting business. “It is not uncommon for out-of- town storm chasers to solicit business after storms,” said Sandy Gamby, Interim CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina. “Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.”
Your BBB offers the following tips for storm victims:
BBB of Coastal Carolina is warning the area contractors to beware of storm chasers who are willing to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use a local business’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business.
We have seen this happen in other areas of the country. After doing repairs paid by insurance companies, the out-of-state contractors left the area. Many contractors who agreed to let these storm chasers use their name regret their decision once they were left holding the bag of unsatisfied customers due to bad workmanship and/or unfulfilled warranties.
Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision or to choose an unknown contractor. Start With Trust. For reliable information, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses by industry and BBB Business Reviews you can trust on local businesses, visit bbb.org/myrtle-beach.
For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, contact Sandy Gamby at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB of Coastal Carolina which was founded in 1987 and serves 15 counties in North and South Carolina.