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“Storm Chasers” scamming homeowners after storms

“Storm Chasers” scamming homeowners after storms

“Storm Chasers” scamming homeowners after storms
News from CBS News:

(CBS News) 

To most of us, weather disasters are unhappy events to be avoided. But for con artists, they’re a chance to make a buck.

Take so-called “storm chasers” – no – not people who pursue tornadoes, trying to capture them on video.

These scammers prey on homeowners after hail storms hit, reports CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

2011 has been a record year for billion-dollar weather disasters. We’ve had a dozen so far. And that’s created plenty of chances for the crooks who follow after storms to try to exploit unsuspecting consumers.

When a monster hail storm hit the northeast in 2009, workers for a company called Precision Builders saw opportunity in the aftermath. They went door-to-door offering free inspections for hail damage, and offering $ 500 to Mount Laurel, N.J. homeowners like Jeff and Tonia Williams if they would display the company’s signs on their lawns, as advertisements.

The Williams hadn’t noticed any…………… continues on CBS News

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