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7 On Your Side: Hurricane Scams

One of the greatest threats that victims face after a big storm like Hurricane Ike passes through is from hurricane scams.

Tonight, in a special 7 On Your Side report, Danielle Capper shows you how you can protect yourself.


As the road to recovery begins, disaster cleanup and repairs continue.

"Ike was a biggie. It was a biggie for the East Texas area."

Kay Robinson at the Better Business Bureau wants to send a warning to consumers.

"Contractors descend on our homeowners in the east Texas area. It brings people in from all sides. And unfortunately a lot of these people are not responsible for doing a good job, at a good price," said Robinson.

To avoid being taken advantage of, Robinson suggests consumers ask a lot of questions.

"Don't do business with someone that does not give you all the information you need about who they are, what they are, what their experience is."

The attorney general's office recommends only dealing with licensed contractors, be wary of specials, never pay up front for work, and get the terms of your warranty in writing.

"Get the reliability report on someone you may be considering work for you. And if the work turns out good and go with them."

Kay also suggests getting a license plate number just in case.

"That's a great way to track down somebody with law enforcement if you need to," said Robinson.

And most important, be cautious and take your time to not cave to empty promises.

The Texas attorney general has a wealth of more information to equip you about disaster scams including charities, and how to know if the organization is providing assistance to the victims.

To access the information, click here.

Danielle Capper, Reporting dcapper@kltv.com

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