How to avoid tree trimming scams following storm

Area residents should beware of tree trimming companies who try to scam them out of money following tornadoes that hit the Dayton area Monday night.

“I think it’s kind of dirty that they can do this and so many are doing it,” said Harold Holdren of Kettering.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said tree trimming scammers may:

     
  • Come to your door unexpectedly.
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  • Want a large down payment.
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  • Accept only cash or check.
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  • Drive and unmarked vehicle.
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  • Fail to notify you of your right to cancel.
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You should ask for references, get a second opinion, get a detailed written contract, and consider paying on a credit card for added protection, according to DeWine.

What should you do if you think you may already be a victim?

“Call the local police, the sheriff and make a report, get it on file, and call the attorney general’s office because we have the ability many times go after that individual and many times get their money back,” DeWine said.

Rachel Murray is a WHIO-TV consumer reporter. You can watch her reports on News Center 7, follow her on Twitter @RMurrayWHIO, and like her fan page on Facebook.

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