AUSTIN – Attorney
General Paxton is encouraging Texans in the Houston area to be cautious
of scammers who may try to take advantage of consumers, including the
elderly, in the wake of recent severe weather.
personal, emotional, and financial hardship that comes from dealing
with flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disasters can be
devastating. This is sadly compounded by the fact that there are often
bad actors and unreliable contractors seeking to capitalize on
vulnerable Texans that are trying to rebuild after severe
storms. Attorney General Paxton is encouraging all Texans to be vigilant
in looking into potential contractors, getting multiple estimates, and
only doing business with verifiably reputable individuals. Regarding
contractors trying to sell their services by going door-to-door,
consumers ought to know that they have a right to cancel any contract
with a door-to-door salesmen up to three days after signing the contract
under Texas law.
There are tips on the Texas Attorney General’s website regarding disaster and emergency scams, which can be found here.
should report any suspicious or fraudulent activity to the Texas
Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling toll-free
1-800-621-0508 or by filing an online complaint on the OAG website.
Attorney General Paxton urges all Texans to stay safe whenever
tornadoes are forecasted, and to take appropriate shelter when local
authorities recommend doing so. More information can be found here.