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Latest scam: Invented 'wind emergency' for roof repairs

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Updated: 5/14/2012 11:02 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – It's been pretty windy the past couple of months, and con artists are trying to cash in on people who need roof repairs

News 3 has learned the Nevada State Contractors Board has seen a spike in the number of scams focused on roof repairs.

Investigators say the typical scenario is to go door-to-door, convincing consumers that we are in a state of “wind emergency.”

They tell their victims they need to get their roofs patched, and because of the supposed emergency, their insurance company would reimburse them for the bill.

Word from the contractor's board on Thursday: it's all a lie.

"The catch to that is by saying it's a disaster area, they're saying that their homeowner's insurance will cover the cost of these repairs,” said NSCB public information officer Jennifer Turner. “The facts in that case are simply untrue.

"Homeowners should be on high alert and recognize those signs. Kind of trust your initial gut instinct if something doesn't feel right."

To protect yourself from this scam, ask questions. If you do need roof repairs, compare several bids.

And always ask to see a contractor's license to do that specific kind of work, not just a business license.

The contractors board has a hotline to report unlicensed contractors: (702) 486-1160.

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