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Posted on: September 15, 2021

The Clear Lake Shores Police Department warns residents to be cautious when selecting a contractor

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Hurricane Nicholas came through and left many homes and businesses with damages from flooding and winds, and in its wake, we can expect cleanup to begin quickly and carry on for several weeks. 

Chief Tracy Keele and his staff want to remind everyone that selecting a contractor can be tricky and costly. Many contractors are bonded and insured and those who are not, may not be worth the price cut. 

These tips may help you navigate the many pitfalls of hiring contractors and steer you away from scammers and storm chasers who seek to exploit you and others during these difficult events. 

  1. Always ask for identification and take pictures. You can take pictures of vehicles and license plates as well as pictures of the individual. Make a copy of their drivers licenses and call to speak to their office while they are at your home or business.
  2. Ask to see and get copies of insurance and bond papers, even if the work being performed will be outside the residence or business. They don’t have to be inside your residence or business to cause damage to yours, or your neighbors property. 
  3. Check their Facebook page, social media, reviews, and complaints through the Better Business Bureau https://www.bbb.org/
  4. Ask for references, and call them. Anyone can make up a “references page”. 
  5. Never pay money up front.  If they ask you to sign a contract, have someone look at it and verify what you are signing. There are even a few websites available to assist you with these services. 
  6. Be very cautious of any contractor who only has a PO Box. Ask for the physical address and don’t accept that they just operate from the PO Box.  Many out of state scammers use this to get your business and then disappear.
  7. As always, proceed with caution and never rush to “sign up before the discount rate is discontinued”. This a common tactic to get you to hurry and overlook the fine print. 

The Clear Lake Shores Police Department advocates for reputable, business minded companies and contractors who are here to help. We warn those who might have unscrupulous and criminal intentions to stay away. Our citizens are not to be preyed upon and we will prosecute any individuals or contractors who would exploit our  friends and neighbors. No exceptions. 

Please contact the Clear Lake Shores Police Department to report any instances of fraud or scammers operating in the area. We’d love to meet and visit with them.

Stay safe friends,

Chief Tracy Keele, Clear Lake Shores Police Department

To learn more about how to avoid contracting scams, please visit https://www.tdi.texas.gov/tips/contractor-scams.html


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