Letters: Q-C flood victims urged to beware Storm Chasers


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Posted Online: April 24, 2013, 2:13 pm
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The recent storms that wreaked havoc on neighboring communities have brought out the best in our neighbors.

Unfortunately, these natural disasters too often can also bring out the worst.
Make no mistake; the vast majority of people have stepped forward to help neighbors who have been devastated by the recent natural disaster. However, it is important to remind everyone to beware of a small fraction of unscrupulous contractors who attempt to take advantage of victims.
Illinois law protects consumers against those who would prey on them following natural disasters.

Commonly known as The Storm Chaser Act, it provides protection to victims of storms like the ones that raced across western Illinois and Chicagoland.
To protect against becoming a victim of an unscrupulous contractor, the Illinois Insurance Association recommends:

-- Consult immediately with your insurance agent.

-- Work only with building contractors with whom you are familiar or who are
recommended by your local Better Business bureau or chamber of commerce.

-- If you believe you have been approached by someone engaging in a deceptive practice, contact your county's state's attorney's office.

If you have an elderly loved one who was victimized by the recent storms, take extra care to make sure they are not additionally victimized by an unscrupulous contractor.

Kevin J. Martin
executive director,
Illinois Insurance association

















 



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