Beware of scammers following storms

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We have an important consumer alert for anyone cleaning up the aftermath of this weekend's storms. Beware scammers who might be looking to prey on you.

The number one piece of advice is simple: go with a trusted and reliable contractor. Thieves have a tendency to pop up when people are desperate, like after a major storm.

Though it might be tempting to hire that person knocking on your door who says they can fix your problem right away, you could be out big money if that person is running a scam.

The Better Business Bureau says it always sees a spike in calls after a storm, and encourages you to check references.

You can directly ask a contractor for a list or call the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-451-1525.

They should have the names, addresses, and all the contact information you need to help you make a decision.

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