Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe on Monday issued a warning to residents to be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of Monday’s storms.
With intense hail and high winds, many homeowners awoke to find damage to their homes or vehicles. Howe said scammers will often flow into an area after such an event. His office put out the following release Monday morning:
The District Attorney’s Office urges residents to make direct contact with their insurance providers regarding damage. They should not give any personal information to individuals attempting to provide insurance and/or repair services door-to-door.
Residents are advised to obtain roofing and home repair services from reputable local businesses. The business should provide a verifiable local phone number and address. Out-of-state vehicle tags and unmarked vehicles are often indications of transient merchants who travel to storm-damaged areas, collect money for repair services, and then leave the area before completing any of the promised repairs. Transient merchants are required to obtain a special license to conduct business in Johnson County. If a contractor cannot produce the required registration information, residents should take their business elsewhere.
Additionally, all roofers operating within Johnson County are required to be registered with the State of Kansas and should be able to produce proof of registration to homeowners. Before paying any money to a contractor, residents are encouraged to contact their local city hall to determine if the business has obtained the appropriate licenses and permits to conduct the needed repairs.
Residents may contact the Johnson County District Attorney’s Consumer Hotline at 913-715-3003 with any questions or to report scams in their neighborhoods.