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Roofing scammers operating in storm-torn areas

Posted at 2:45 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:45:41-04

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of a roofing scam that has been reported in the area.

"We have received a few complaints in reference to a roofing contractor contacting citizens and advising them to make an initial payment over the phone. This is a scam," a release from the sheriff states.

“Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Laura we will likely see an influx of clean up and repair scams reported in our area. This is a trying time for our community, and unfortunately during times of disaster and need there are individuals that will prey on the vulnerable,” Mancuso said.

Here are some tips to help you possibly avoid being scammed:

· Do your research. Ask for identification along with proof of insurance, along with several references. Ask people you trust for recommendations on companies they have used in the past.

· Get more than one estimate. Get the estimates in writing and make sure they are detailed about exactly what work will be included.

· NEVER pay in full or make a final payment prior to work being completed.

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by a scammer, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.