By: Jon Davis
Source: The Chicago Tribune
After floods come the scams, and Des Plaines and Park Ridge officials are warning residents to be wary of those ringing doorbells or posting signs in neighborhoods offering cleaning or repair services.
Des Plaines police recently issued a “possible home repair fraud” warning as a preventive measure, even though officials said no such complaints had been received. In the alert, police advised residents to check out a person’s or company’s credentials with the city’s building department, (847) 391-5308, or on the Better Business Bureau’s website, bbb.org.
Police said in the warning release that those seeking to hire a ‘flood damage specialist’ should ask whether the specialist is licensed by the city and state, and should also ask to see the required credentials proving the specialist is licensed.
“Please be advised to look out for your neighbors and to contact the Des Plaines Police for anything suspicious,” the release further read.
The Des Plaines Police Department also issued a release on “fake insurance adjusters.”
Police said homeowners have been approached by people pretending to be insurance adjusters who say they’re there “to assess the damage.” According to the release, those fraudulent adjusters walk around the property, taking photos and measurements, and request a deductible payment in order to “expedite” processing of the claim.
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