Imposters who falsely claim to represent FEMA and the American Red Cross are trying to take advantage of victims of the severe storms and tornadoes in Alabama.
They are requesting payment for services such as debris removal and mold inspection that are available for free.
There are measures you can take to protect yourself from these dishonest people:
Beware of "FEMA Certified"
Get a written estimate
Ask for proof of insurance
Insist on a written contract
Use reliable, licensed
Insist on written contract
Get any guarantees in writing
Obtain a local building permit
Make final payments when the work in completed
Pay by check; avoid on the spot cash payment.
Use the “cooling off” period, if needed.