As flood waters recede, they leave plenty of damage and clean up for homeowners. Many of them are looking for ways fix what's been broken, but others are out there looking to break your wallet.
Vigo County Sheriff, Greg Ewing said this is the time to be extra cautious. That's because springtime and natural disasters bring out scammers.
"Just like back in 2008 when we had the tremendous flood, especially south of town, that brought out a lot of contractors or would-be contractors," Ewing said.
What should you be looking for? There are warning signs.
"If they're asking for the money up front, that ought to be a red flag," Ewing said. That's especially if they ask for the whole amount. Ewing said legitimate contractors normally ask you to pay when they finish.
Also, Ewing said you should be careful any time a contractor seeks you out. Most scammers tend to look for their next victim. The best advice is to do your homework. Researching ahead of time is the best way to identify a crook.
Sheriff Ewing said if you feel like you have been scammed, contact your local authorities. Home repair fraud is a crime.
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The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.