AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Residents are asked to be on alert for “storm chasers” entering the Panhandle and scamming residents following yesterday’s high-wind event.
According to the Better Business Bureau, storm chasers are out of town contractors who solicit people after a natural disasters, some of whom are scammers.
If a storm chaser comes to your door, the BBB suggests researching their credibility.
“A great thing that we have today is Better Business Bureau, and you’ve got Google, you’ve got your insurance agents,” said State Farm Insurance Agent Jason Chafe. “Most of you who have a personal local agent can give you great advice. I’ve been in the business nine years, seen two storms; I know who is going to work hard for you and do the right thing.”
“All of your local guys will be involved with that,” said the President of Andrus Brothers Roofing Chris Andrus. “You can verify that they are members of that association, that’s how you will guarantee that they are local.”
Contractors from out of town are required to have city licenses to start construction and storm chaser’s city documentation is available upon request.
“First and foremost is reputation,” said Andrus. "If you don’t know the company knocking on your door, if you haven’t heard them before or you haven’t seen their signs out in past storms they probably are not your reputable guys.
“So when you get that knock on the door, just do a few of those things,” said Chafe. “Call your agent, check the Better Business Bureau [and] Google. You want to make sure that they are local, there are here to protect you. When two years from now, if something happens again, you know that they are supposed to be able to come back and help with that too.”