Mary Alice Reporting –

The Ohio Attorney General is warning residents to be careful of scams after severe weather affected the state.

Home repair and fake charity schemes come into play when severe weather season begins and Attorney General Dave Yost says these individuals have the primary goal of getting money.

Dubious contractors will travel to storm-damaged areas to perform work, which oftentimes is subpar in nature. That’s paired with other workers who might not perform work at all.

Yost asks residents to thoroughly research a business before signing checks, never make large payments in advance for work that hasn’t been done, advocate for written estimates, and ask for a written contract.

Additionally, payment made by credit card can help when it comes to disputing unauthorized charges.

As for scam charities, the Attorney General’s website contains a database of approved and reputable groups.

Anyone who suspects unfair sales practices or predatory charity work can contact Yost at (800) 282-0515.

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