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Published June 27, 2013, 03:24 PM

How to protect yourself from scammers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- With the recent storm damage, it's a good idea to remember how to protect yourself from scammers.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- With the recent storm damage, it's a good idea to remember how to protect yourself from scammers.

Scams are mostly on the rise after a storm rips through a city and causes damage.

Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured in the state.

If the company cant provide you with proof stay away. Get a written statement to know when the work will be complete, the cost, and any guarantees.

And when choosing a contractor it's not always the best idea to go with the lowest bid.

Joshua Huffman, Program Manager/The Village: "Talk to friends and family, see if you've had anyones thats worked with them before, so your research, look up the company, find out how long they've been in the area look at the better business bureau rating, go to the secretary of state website to look up their licensing."

You can go to ND dot Gov to see all the businesses who are licensed in the state.

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