Beware of “storm chasers:” They look to make an easy buck when you’re looking for help

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- After a storm strikes a region, often traveling contractors coming knocking on doors. They're known as "storm chasers" -- bogus contractors that pour in after a storm looking to making easy money.

The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin says people are scammed more than you might think.

"It happens all the time. Whenever there is a storm or whenever there is a nature disaster we see this all over the country," said Ran Hoth of the BBB.

With as much damage as there is, the "storm chasers" will try and blend in with legitimate contractors. But there are warning signs to look for -- and good questions to ask.

"Just coming up to your door and going door-to-door that should put up a red flag," said Diane Krueger of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). "If they are driving a vehicle that doesn't have Wisconsin license plates or it's not logo'd with their company information, that should be another red flag."

"Don't feel high pressured into paying money in advance. It's very important to get several bids, fire out exactly what kind of damage might have occurred," said Hoth.

The experts also say don't make rash decisions. Make temporary fixes to your home or property if you have to, but take you time and get any deal in writing -- otherwise you might be hit twice by the same storm.

CLICK HERE to view the NARI website for tips on selecting qualified contractors.

CLICK HERE to check in with the BBB of Wisconsin to file a complaint.

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