Scam Artists Circle in on Storm Ravaged Missouri

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Friday, January 19 2007 Jan 19, 2007 Friday, January 19, 2007 3:52:26 PM CST January 19, 2007 in News
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SPRINGFIELD- Scam artists are coming out of the woodwork as southwest Missouri digs out from under the worst ice storm in at least 50 years. Police in Springfield and Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon both said today they are seeing increasing reports of price gouging and fraud as the recovery continues. Springfield Police Chief Lynn Rowe said many scams reported to his department are fake contractors who demand upfront payment and then never come back to do the work. The chief urged residents to hire only contractors they know and not to pay in advance of cleanup or electrical repairs. The attorney general's office said Nixon is looking into more than 100 complaints of price gouging for emergency supplies like gasoline, kerosene, generators and motel rooms. Nixon urged people with a complaint to call his consumer protection hotline at 1-800-392-8222.

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