Springfield (AP) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa
Madigan is urging residents with damaged homes and businesses to be wary of
scam artists looking to profit from Sunday's severe weather.
released a statement Tuesday alerting homeowners about dishonest contractors
called "storm chasers" who are known to bring their scams into
affected communities after severe weather.
Madigan's office have been in the tornado-ravaged Illinois
community of Washington
since Sunday. They'll investigate complaints about contractors.
avoiding quick decisions, dealing only with licensed contractors and insisting
on a written contract. She advises consumers to never make a full payment until
work is done to their satisfaction.
Consumers have the right
to cancel a contract within three business days if they signed it based on the
contractor's visit to their home.
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