Consumer Protection Division urges caution following severe storms

Watch: Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Meade, Lawrence, Pennington CountyPIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Consumer Protection Division is urging South Dakota residents to be aware of transient contractor scams following the severe weather that hit the eastern part of the state.

People will want to quickly clean up and make repairs to damaged property, like fixing damaged roofs, removing trees and working with water damage.

When handling these repairs, everyone is encouraged to take a little extra time to evaluate and secure the right contractor because those in need of repairs may be the target of scams.

The Consumer Protection Division listed a few suggestions for those looking to make repairs with contractors. They include:

  • Do not be pressured into a quick agreement
  • Ask to see proof of insurance and/or bond and sales tax license
  • Request a written contract specifying in detail the work to be done and agreed upon price
  • Be cautious if it is cash-only terms or if the contractor requires that they negotiate with your insurance company. It may seem helpful, but can be a costly mistake
  • Do not make full payment before the job is satisfactorily completed
  • Consumers typically have a 3 Day Right to Cancel on door-to-door transactions

You can contact the Consumer Protection Division by phone at 1-800-300-1986 or by email at consumerhelp@state.sd.us if you have any questions regarding transient contractors.

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