Don't get scammed when looking for help post Delta

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Posted at 4:55 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 10:46:36-04

In the aftermath of Hurricane Delta many homeowners might feel desperate, but experts warn this is when you're the most vulnerable.

"They follow the headlines, they know exactly what's going on and they look at the area of opportunity. If it isn't showing up at your door, scammers might reach out by calling you on the phone," says Chris Babin at the Better Business Bureau.

"If a company approaches you and you feel pressure to engage in business with them immediately that's typically a red flag. We also encourage you to get everything in writing. A lot of scammers aren't going to want to do anything in writing. They're going to want you to pay money up front and they're going to want you to do it quickly. Look out for something in writing that spells out exactly what you're going to pay, the services they're going to provide to you and even a timeline in which those services will be provided," says Babin.

You can also look up a company or individual on the BBB's website, but if there's nothing there, you can also search business filings on the Louisana Secretary of State's website. There you'll find if they're up to date on all official payments and documentation with the state. It is advised that you do this type of research on more than just one provider.

"Get a couple of quotes," says Babin. "There's a lot of businesses and different choices out there so find a business that's going to work best for you. And also make sure you check with your insurance company. If you have insurance coverage, you want to make sure your insurance company is aware of what you're doing so you don't void any coverage and you're taken care of as best as possible."

You should also make sure a service provider is licensed to perform the work you need and don't rush into anything.