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UPDATED 1 : Storm victims beware: Officials warn of scammers

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) Officials continue to warn, as the rebuilding process begins, you need to be careful who you hire!

Thursday night. the City of Chattanooga, along with the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud hosted a free workshop.

Police, attorneys, insurance officials, even FEMA inspectors were all on-hand, to tell you what to look out for to keep from being scammed.

Here are some tips:

  • When someone offers to do a job, make sure you ask for ID.
  • Get estimates, and check references.
  • Get a written contract and make sure you see proof of insurance.
  • Never sign over an insurance check or pay for the project before it's complete.
  • They say don't put any money down.
  • Police say if anyone suspicious comes knocking on your door, call police and let them know.

 

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Officials are warning residents, particularly those living in areas impacted by last week's storms, to be on guard for scams.

Emergency Management officials in both Tennessee and North Georgia have passed along warnings to be on the look out for scammers posing as utility crews, FEMA personnel or other relief workers.

Representatives from these organizations will have photo ID badge, and will never ask for money in exchange for assistance.

Authorities say if you feel uncomfortable with a situation, trust your gut. You can always contact the agency the person claims to represent and ask to verify their identity.

Again, no relief worker will ever ask for money to repair downed power lines, fill out disaster relief paperwork or provide aid.

The City of Chattanooga, along with the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud, is hosting a free workshop.

It's scheduled for Thursday night at six, at the Chattanooga Housing Authority office on Holtzclaw Avenue.

Police, attorneys, insurance officials and FEMA inspectors will all be on hand.   

You do need to let them know you're coming.

If you have access to email, you can send a note to rsvp@ncphif.org.

You can also call 855-2-NO-FRAUD.

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