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New Yorkers In Storm-Damaged Areas Urged To Be Wary Of Crooked Contractors

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to protect themselves from potential scam artists preying on Sandy victims.

Before agreeing to any repairs, residents should be wary of:

• Anyone who comes to a home uninvited or makes an unsolicited call offering to make repairs.

• Anyone who says repairs must be done immediately or who pressures potential customers to sign a contract.

• A deal or discount that sounds too good to be true.

When hiring a contractor, residents should check for references and receive multiple estimates on the home repairs needed.

The customers should insist on a written contract and they should not sign it until they fully understand payments and the services they are receiving.

To report a scam, contact a lawyer or the Department of Financial Services.

New Yorkers can also file a complaint with the Department of State at 1-800-697-1220 or at dos.ny.gov.

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