Michigan AG Nessel warns residents about scams after flooding in the state
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents to be on alert for scammers trying to take advantage of flood victims.
Criminals and con artists often try to take advantage of disaster-related situations and can try to convince desperate people to pay anything for quick repairs.
Anyone needing flood repairs or professional help should hire reputable contractors.
AG Nessel outlines the following tips to avoid falling victim to con artists:
Don’t make any rash decisions. This is especially true if you are approached by anyone telling you they can fix your flood damage right away – but only if you accept their “help” right now. Legitimate home repair contractors and other service providers understand that you need time to do your homework.
Keep Your Guard Up. Ask to see the ID of anyone who wants to enter your home or business and check them out with the governmental authority or the company they claim to be from. Avoid giving out your personal information. Some scam artists masquerade as safety inspectors or utility workers who say immediate work is required. City, state, and federal inspectors may verify damages, but they do not involve themselves in any part of the repair nor recommend or certify any contractor. Nor do they ask for or accept money.
Beware of door-to-door solicitors. Reputable professionals in the industry rarely solicit door to door. Be especially wary of anyone who approaches you unsolicited and asks you to pay cash for their services or says they can perform your repairs at a discount with leftover supplies from another job.
Anyone who has been a victim of a disaster-related scam should contact the Consumer Protection Division at 517-335-7599 or fill out a Consumer Complaint/Inquiry Form.