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.