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Posted on: October 22, 2022

Beware of Hurricane Fraud!

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BEWARE of HURRICANE FRAUD! 

The devastation and chaos after a hurricane is a prime opportunity for scammers. The City of Clermont’s Building Services Department encourages you to use caution when hiring anyone to complete repairs to your home or business and only work with licensed, insured contractors. Here are the top, post-hurricane scams/frauds and tips on how to avoid them: 

UP-FRONT PAYMENTS 

  • Some contractors require a portion of the total cost of the work as a deposit and that is a reasonable request. 
  • Anyone who asks you to pay the full amount, upfront before any work is done is a RED FLAG.
  • Make sure you have a contract that details what work will be done and when it should be completed. Always obtain a total cost estimate before any work begins.

UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS 

  • Whether it is repairs to your roof or the removal of a broken tree, always make sure the person doing the work is licensed, insured and bonded. 
  • The license ensures the person is qualified to complete the work. You can check your contractor’s license by going to MyFloridaLicense.com
  • The insurance covers property damage or injury caused by the person completing the work. 
  • The bond ensures you will get your money back if the job is not completed.

DIGITAL SCAMS 

  • These can take many forms including emails or texts from what appears to be a real agency such as FEMA. 
  • Never clink links in unsolicited emails or texts. Remember, any legitimate government website will have an address that ends in “.gov.” 
  • Never provide personal information like your Social Security number or birthday in response to an unsolicited text, call or email.

QUESTIONS? 

If you have any questions, please call: 

City of Clermont
Building Services Department
352-241-7315

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