NAPERVILLE, IL — After an EF-3 tornado ripped through parts of Naperville, Woodridge and Darien, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul warned Illinois residents whose homes suffered damage to be alert for scammers who may try to exploit those in need of repairs.
Often called “storm chasers,” some scammers are quick to visit areas of large damage in an attempt to pressure home or business owners into making quick and often expensive decisions about cleanup and construction work. Scam artists may also pose as public adjusters who offer “free” inspections only to submit a high claim to an owner’s insurance company, Raoul said.
“We have too often seen scammers take advantage of the devastation caused by tornados or other natural disasters and use it as an opportunity to line their own pockets,” Raoul said in a news release. “People should be wary of any individual who solicits home repair or insurance adjusting services door-to-door.”