July 20, 2023
PIERRE, S.D.–South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning consumers about home and roof repair scams that have surfaced in South Dakota due to recent severe weather in parts of the state.
“The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is already receiving complaints from the public saying they have been contacted by repair companies that have popped up overnight,” said Attorney General Jackley. “While we understand the urgency to get your homes or vehicles fixed in the most expedient manner, I would ask that you do not rush into making a decision regarding these repairs, no matter how good the deal seems, or that you are promised that you are in the top five of the order to have your repairs made.”
The Consumer Protection Division suggests following a few precautions when dealing with storm repair companies:
*** Do not be pressured into a quick agreement.
*** Request a written contract specifying in detail the work to be done and the agreed upon price.
*** Be cautious if cash-only terms are required.
*** Do not make full payment before the job is satisfactorily completed.