Iowa BBB Warns of Post Hail Storm Scammers

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(Des Moines, IA) -- The Better Business Bureau in Des Moines is warning homeowners impacted by last week's hail storm about scammers. Chris Coleman, President of the Better Business Bureau in Des Moines, says the most common complaint about storm chasers is they demand a down payment, then vanish without doing any of the work. He says most of the scammers will pressure customers by saying unless there's a down payment, they'll be placed at the end of the line of service.

He reminds residents to use local, reputable businesses. Coleman also encourages to take the advice of their homeowners insurance companies before hiring a contractor.

Coleman also recommends homeowners take advantage of free resources and reports from the BBB.

Last week's hail storm dumped 2-3 inch size hail stones on parts of West Des Moines, resulting in damage to roofs as well as vehicles.

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