How to avoid clean-up scams after New Year Flood

How to avoid clean-up scams after New Year Flood

MISSOURI (KFVS) - Resource centers have been scheduled for January 8-15 in eastern and southeastern Missouri communities that were impacted by the flooding.

Attorney General Chris Koster said his office will be watching for people who try to take advantage of those whose homes and businesses were flooded.

He said one of the biggest scams the office typically sees following disasters are people who go door-to-door offering cleanup work.

Too often, Koster said, these people insist on upfront payment, only to take the money and then disappear without doing the work.

Information provided at the resource centers will give consumers tips to avoid these scams, including considering how long the company has been in business, asking for insurance and licensing information and checking with the Better Business Bureau and the attorney general's office about a contractor before agreeing to have the work done.

The following is the schedule for the multi-agency resource centers:

Southeast Missouri - serving Cape Girardeau County and Scott County

The Salvation Army - 701 Good Hope Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

  • Friday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jefferson County

Valley Middle School - 4300 Gravois Road, House Springs, Mo.

  • Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Franklin County

Pacific Eagles Hall - 707 West Congress Street, Pacific, Mo.

  • Monday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Louis County

Manchester United Methodist Church - 129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, Mo.

  • Thursday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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