Contractor scams emerge amid Utah windstorm damage

Dec 5 2011 - 3:25pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Homeowners and businesses need to be aware that scam contractors and companies will target properties damaged by Thursday's windstorm.

The Utah Department of Commerce issued a warning Monday reminding consumers they can check at for contractor's licenses and at to see if any disciplinary action has been taken against that contractor.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim include the following:

* Be cautious of people showing up at the door and saying they can do the job cheaply, or that they are in the area for just the day, or that a decision has to be made immediately.

* Ask to see a contractor's license. Call 866-275-3675 or go to to check the license.

* Ask for references and call the references.

* Get a written bid and then compare bids.

* Get a written contract.

* Make payment after the work is done and to the name of the contractor's license, not to an individual.


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