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Carr Fire Brings Contracting Scammers to Shasta County

Carr Fire Brings Contracting Scammers to Shasta County

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 6:34 PM

REDDING, Calif - As evacuations were slowly lifted residents began heading home to see what was left after the Carr Fire.

But as emotions run high, and residents continue to sift through the ruble they now have to beware of scammers as they try to rebuild.

Redding resident Cathy Case who lost her home during the Carr Fire says she found a contractors card on her mailbox earlier this week but after much research she doesn't think she is going to trust it.

"My husband took it off and actually called different people that he thought would know about contractors so far he hasn't gotten any feedback because nobody had heard of the guy before. We have to be careful, " said Case. 

In fact, Action News Now joined the Department of Insurance, the Contractor's State License Board, and the District Attorney's Office as they went door to door warning residents on who they can and can't trust during this unfortunate time.

The agencies say avoid rushing into repairs, avoid paying in cash, get proof that the person you're dealing with has a contractor's license, and get a written contract, that details every aspect of the work plan.

"At this time especially when your nerves are so raw. Is take a breath take your time make sure youre hiring the right people to come in and do the work. Because we'd hate to see something happen and be victimized a second time," said Rick Lopes with Contractors State License Board. 

If you think you might have been confronted with a scammer, report it.

It's actually a felony to perform repairs or construction without a valid california contractor's license in a disaster area and you can get jail time.

"Investigators in my office are working alongside investigators with the state contracting board contracting without a license right now is a felony are subject to being arrested immediately and they are subject to being arrest and booked into the jail," 

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