ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. – Following the heavy rainfall and resulting flooding in Lake County, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, hosted a seminar with representatives from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to help equip local residents with tips to avoid so-called “storm chasers” and consumer fraud common after a natural disaster.
“As we continue to endure the effects one of the most destructive floods in Lake County history, I want to continue to help those affected in whatever way possible,” Yingling said. “Natural disasters are a prime target for scammers looking to take advantage of people during desperate situations and I hope the people who were able to attend are better equipped for dealing with criminals and dishonest repair companies. When in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau or call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-38-5438 before wasting your time and money.”
Common scams include home improvement and doorstep scams in which a scam artist knocks on a door offering to repair something. They ask homeowners to pay upfront and are never seen again. Wandering contractor scams happen when a scam artist knocks on the door and distracts the homeowner by pretending that a tree needs trimming or a basement has flooded and is in need of repair. While the homeowner is distracted, another person sneaks into the home to steal cash or other personal property.
The Attorney General’s office warns residents to never pay upfront for any services and to check with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline before considering contracting services out. They also suggested doing a simple online search of the potential company for any negative feedback. Lastly, all residents should safely secure items that contain personal information and contact local law enforcement if they believe someone is illegally soliciting or trying to con people.
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237-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
1919 IL Route 83
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
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