Consumer Warning for Tornado Victims

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

A Contact 15 warning for tornado victims... be careful who you contract out for cleanup help.

Wisconsin Consumer Protection reports at least one person in the Stoughton area has already been the victim of a scam. The resident was charged $6,500 to have a tarp put up over their damaged roof.

Experts say that's too much, especially with a lot of the work being done for free right now. But the free help won't last long.

The best advice... be cautious of a knock at your door. "It pays to check people out thoroughly and to be wary of somebody that wants a big down payment because they can take that money and disappear," says Glen Loyd from Wisconsin Consumer Protection.

Consumer Protection also says there was already questionable construction in Madison, even before last week's storm. They say people selling lightning rods have been misleading homeowners.

You do a background check on any contractor before hiring them by contacting Consumer Protection at 1-800-422-7128.

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