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Be Cautious of Con Artists When Choosing Cleanup Service After Winter Weather


Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is warning consumers to be cautious of criminals in the aftermath of this week's ice storms. KSMU's Jana Greer reports.

The recent winter weather has left many people with lots of debris and damage. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says that con artists don't waste any time trying to take advantage of consumers after storms. Travis Ford is the Consumer Educator for the Missouri Attorney General. He says that people should watch for price gouging.

Ford says to be careful when choosing a repair or debris removal service, particularly solicitors who may go door-to-door.

Consumers should never pay full price for any services they haven't received and should get two estimates in writing before choosing a contractor to repair homes or remove debris. Ford says there are a few red flags to look for when choosing a service company.

To report price gouging or if you are suspicious someone may be a con artist the Missouri Attorney General's office is urging consumers to make a complaint on its website. To get to that website you can use the link at KSMU.org.


Links:

  • Missouri Attorney General Consumer Complaint Website