Thanks to our friends at the SC Dept of Consumer Affairs for sharing this great information. Lots of useful info packed into this brochure! Please share with anyone you know that may have been affected by the recent flooding here in SC.
Click on the link below to view the brochure…
FLOOD AND DISASTER SCAM BROCHURE
More Helpful Info from the SC Dept of Consumer Affairs:
Avoid Fraudulent Charities…
- Seek out a charity that needs your support. Be cautious of groups that may approach you. Check them out at www.sos.sc.gov to search a particular charity.
- Donate to well-known charities. Watch for charities that spring up overnight. Double check the name of the charities…many phony charities use similar sounding names.
- Who’s Calling? They must disclose the fact that they are a paid solicitor, details of the charity, and the name of the fundraising organization they work for.
- Know where the money is going. Ask what percentage goes to the actual cause. Don’t be afraid to ask for details in writing.
- Do not provide personal or financial info to cold callers.
- Do not send or give cash. Contribute by check or credit card.
When Seeking Help for Repairs…
- Beware of contractors who just show up at the door. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Get all promises in writing. Verbal promises are worthless.
- Do not be pressured into buying. Get at least two bids for the work.
- Require a contractor’s license and proper identification. Also get the car/truck license number.
- Never pay in full up front. And don’t let payments get ahead of the work.