“The State Emergency Operations Center urges residents affected by the April severe storms and flooding to be alert for scam artists using new and old tricks to obtain vital information or take advantage of disaster-weary survivors,” the release said.
Officials are warning people to be cautious of door-to-door solicitors who hand out flyers and “promise to speed up the insurance or contracting process.”
They are also warning residents to beware of people who ask for large cash deposits or advance payments for the work. People are also advised to be careful when being solicited for those services by phone or email.
List of tips from Michigan State Police:
•Hire known and recommended repair companies.
•Get at least two estimates from different companies.
•Get all agreements in writing.
•Make a full payment only when terms of the contract are met.
Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Newaygo and Osceola counties April 17 after severe flooding and other storm damage.