Hurricane victims need to watch out for contractor fraud

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials are warning residents about the possibility of contractor fraud as they begin making repairs to the damage caused by Isaac.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works is slowly working through the city to remove the debris left by the storm.

However, some cleanup jobs may need some expert help.

Officials said some contractors with experience will actually follow storms around looking for work.

While many are credible, the interim director of public works in Baton Rouge warns there are those looking to scam hurricane victims.

He suggests checking references before hiring and never paying for unfinished work.

"You really shouldn't be paying for work that's not done," said David Guillory, interim director of EBRDPW. "If somebody says, 'Pay me half and I'm going to go get some other equipment or go get another crew or something, that should send a red flag up.'"

There are also a few places you can check before hiring.

The Better Business Bureau can usually let you know if a contractor is legit.

If it's an out-of-town contractor, try looking up information online.

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