Attorney general's office warns of repair scams

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia attorney general's office is warning people affected by severe storms and flooding last week to be careful in hiring workers for repairs.

A news release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said unlicensed workers may target neighborhoods and offer repairs with deals that aren't legitimate. The release said often, money is paid before the work is finished.

Morrisey's office advises people to obtain multiple written estimates, ask for references, look for reviews of the company and see if the contractor has a valid license. The West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board can be contacted at (304) 558-7890.

The release also says to call the Consumer Protection Division at (800) 368-8808 or file a report online at http://www.wvago.gov on potential scams or other violations.

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