What’s being done to prevent flood scams?


YOU BROUGHT IT TO OUR ATTENTION. ANY TIME THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENT, HOUSTONIANS ARE TARGETED BY CON ARTISTS. IF THERE IS A WAY FOR SCAM ARTISTS TO STEAL YOUR MONEY, THEY WILL DO IT. JACE LARSON IS LIVE. HEY, WE ARE AT THE ADDICTIVE RESERVOIR. THE WATER HASN’T STOPPED COMING UP WHEN ALL OF THE SUDDEN CONTRACTORS STARTED KNOCKING ON THESE PEOPLE’S DOORS. THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO A GREAT JOB AT A GREAT PRICE BUT WANTED THEM TO SIGN RIGHT THEN, RIGHT THERE. 14 INCHES. THE GRIMES FAMILY HAS A LOT OF CLEANING UP TO DO. SO FAR THEY HAVE RIPPED OUT THE CARPET BUT KNOW THEY WILL NEED A PROFESSIONAL. WE ARE LOOKING AT LEAST 60,000 DAMAGE. IT HASN’T BEEN 24 HOURS SINCE THE FIRST RAIN WHEN CONTRACTORS STARTED COMING. WE HAD A BUNCH OF PEOPLE COME OUT WITH CARDS, TRYING TO EDUCATE US ON WHAT WE NEED, HOW MUCH. THE PREMIUM PRICE. HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY VALORIE TURNER EXPECTS THAT AFTER A DISASTER. WE HANDLE CONSTRUCTION FRAUD CASES, WHICH MEANS YOU MAY PAY LIKE A DOWN PAYMENT AND SOMEONE NEVER SHOWS TO DO THE WORK. SHE SAYS HOMEOWNERS SHOULD NEVER SIGN WITH A CONTRACTOR UNLESS THEY HAVE CHECKED OUT THE BUSINESS WITNESS THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU AND SHE SAYS STICK WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES. IF YOU SEE A TRUCK FROM BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI, YOU MIGHT WONDER IF I HIRED THIS COMPANY AND THERE AN ISSUE, HOW YOU GOING TO GET THEM ENFORCE THEIR WARRANTY. BRIAN HAS HIS FINGERS CROSSED THAT THE COST IS COVERED. TEXAS WE TALKED TO THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, THE OFFICE THAT INVESTIGATES PRICE GAUGING. WE WERE TOLD THEY ONLY HAD ONE COMPLAINT. IT WAS ABOUT A RENTAL CAR. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING.

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