Library & Resources

Contractor Fraud Scams and Rip-offs

Taking Action to Prevent or Report Contractor Fraud

To Check Out a Business Before You Hire Them or File a Complaint

  • WEBSITE: The Better Business Bureau
    BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. Their vision is: An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. Although BBB does not have legal and policing powers, they do provide information about marketplace fraud through alerts on scams to the public.
  • WEBSITE: National Association of Attorneys General
    The National Association of Attorneys General is a national organization comprised of Attorneys General from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States.  To find your Attorney General’s office visit this site.
  • WEBSITE: The Federal Trade Commission
    The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the Consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

Preparing For & Recovering From a Disaster

    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation they work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
  • WEBSITE: American Red Cross
    Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.

    Get Assistance: The American Red Cross can provide two types of assistance after a disaster – hard and soft.  Hard assistance provides material items and may include feeding, shelter, clean-up kits, comfort kits and financial assistance.  Soft assistance minimizes immediate disaster-caused suffering through listening, guidance, advocacy, and counseling.

    Recover after a disaster: The American Red Cross has gathered this information to encourage you take precautions to help keep you safe and speed your recovery after a disaster. You will also find ideas on what you can do to help make yourself and your home safer from future disasters.

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