As you may have seen, catastrophic flooding hit Louisiana in August, affecting thousands of people and businesses. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this situation, as they often do during times of hardship. Some of the ploys scammers are using include: bogus charities, repair scams and rental scams.
In order to avoid being scammed in the wake of the floods, make sure you are cautious when soliciting repair work, looking for new places to live or buying a new car. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry suggests checking that contractors hired for repair work are licensed through the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors and that they have insurance.
When looking for new housing, there will be many fake rental listings, so make sure you see the place in person before committing. Do not give your bank account or credit card information out over phone or email. Car purchases should be made cautiously as well, since floods can cause severe car damage. When buying a used car, have it checked for flood damage first.
If you believe you have been targeted by a scammer in the aftermath of a natural disaster, contact your attorney general's office.