Preventing Superstorm Sandy Fraud
New Jerseyans have shown great resilience and generosity towards each other in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. However, natural disasters are known to attract their share of con artists and frauds. The State of New Jersey is committed to preventing fraudulent activity, theft, waste, bribes/kickbacks and unethical/illegal conduct as we continue to recover and rebuild.
If you believe you are a victim of fraud, or have information about alleged fraud committed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, please contact the Office of the State Comptroller: (1-855-OSC-TIPS (1-855-672-8477) or firstname.lastname@example.org)
the Office of the Attorney General – Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group (email@example.com) directly.
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Avoid Home Repair Scams
The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs has a tip sheet for homeowners in the RREM Program and LMI Homeowners Rebuilding Program on how to avoid home repair scams when selecting your home improvement and/or home elevation contractor.
For more detailed advice on selecting your home improvement and/or home elevation contractor, please read the Avoid Home Repair Scams tip sheet from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs
Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs by phone at 800-242-5846, on the Web at NJConsumerAffairs.gov, or by email at AskConsumerAffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us to learn if the home improvement and/or home elevation contractor you are considering is registered to do business in the state or has been the subject of consumer complaints.
Other Key Tips
- Obtain a written contract that specifies exactly what you are paying for.
- If you can’t get a straight answer from a contractor, take your business elsewhere.
- Be wary of contractors who insist on a large up-front payment.
- Beware of any contractor who offers unsolicited services such as knocking on your door and saying he was “just in the neighborhood” and can give you a good deal.