Local & Regional
Mon August 6, 2012
Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning Monday for Oklahomans affected by the recent wildfires.
“We know from past experience that major property damage after a disaster attracts criminals looking for ways to take advantage,” Pruitt said. “We want everyone to be aware of the possible schemes and scams.”
The Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit monitors and investigates home repair and charity fraud after natural disasters. They pay special attention to repair workers who travel from city to city following disasters.
“Oklahomans will want to rebuild and make repairs as quickly as possible, but we urge them to be cautious and patient. Make sure contractors are reputable,” Pruitt said. “Our Public Protection Unit has prosecuted repair workers, commonly called travelers who follow disasters across the country to profit from the misfortune of others.”