Kansas attorney general warns residents of contractor scams
TOPEKA (KSNT) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt urges Kansas residents to be wary of possible scams by fraudulent contractors in the wake of Wednesday night’s storm.
According to a press release from Schmidt, he wants local residents to be aware of the possibility of scams by fraudulent contractors, especially in the area of roofing contractors who might not be registered with the attorney general’s office. With a few exceptions, roofing contractors must be registered and must additionally meet any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties.
“After the storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and repair as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “Unfortunately, fraudulent contractors often rush to storm-damaged areas to take advantage of local residents in times of need. It is important to stay on your guard to avoid falling victim to a con artist again.
Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office recommends the following tips when dealing with visiting contractors:
- Get recommendations and referrals.
- Get at least three written estimates from different contractors.
- Check the contractor’s complaint records with the Better Business Bureau.
- Understand your payment options and your right to cancel.
- Make sure your contractor is insured.
- Document all agreements in writing, including a written contract detailing the scope of the work, the quality of materials to be used, warranties, schedules, names of all subcontractors, total price of the work and schedule of payments.
To view the online contraction registration directory, visit www.InYourCornerKansas.org. Kansans who have issues with roofing contractors or other businesses are encouraged to file a claim with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General at (800) 432-2310 or at http: //www.inyourcornerkansas .org /.