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Published June 20, 2010, 09:58 AM

Wadena pre-screens contractors to avoid scammers

Wadena, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Worried officials are trying to outsmart the number of contractors showing up to tornado ravaged communities.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Authorities expect many people to show up to homes claiming to be contractors. Even though they'll look the part, some will do poor work for less money.

In a disaster, it's easy for scammers to get paid, do a slack job, and then leave before the poor work is exposed. Wadena is now pre-screening all contractors to make sure they're licensed and insured.

“We'll ask you to send a copy of your license so we have that and then we'll be supplying a list of those vendors those contractors to the public that they can call when they need some assistance.”

Volunteers are need for cleanup this week. You can call (218) 640 - 3432 to help. A tornado relief fund has been set up at Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank in Wadena.