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This Week's Poll



9-4-19

Avoid Contractor Fraud


Staff Reports


Disaster Fraud Teams have been activated to protect Floridians against fraudulent contractors that prey on storm victims. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis urges residents to be diligent in following through on a contractor’s credentials and references before hiring them.

Indicators of Storm-Related Fraud:


1. A contractor or restoration professional who offered to waive or discount your insurance deductible.


2. A contractor or restoration professional that has received payment and has failed to provide any repairs to your home.


3. A contractor or restoration professional who offered to provide repairs at a cash-only discounted rate and has failed to provide repairs to your home.


4. A contractor or restoration professional who pressured you to sign an AOB and has failed to provide any repairs to your home or stopped responding to your contact attempts.


Floridians with any questions or concerns are encouraged to contact CFO Patronis’ Consumer Helpline by calling 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).