Crime & Justice

DA's office warns seniors of post-storm contractor scams

File photo: Damage seen after Thursday night's storm in Camarillo Springs on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
File photo: Damage seen after Thursday night's storm in Camarillo Springs on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
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Shady or unlicensed contractors will be looking to capitalize on seniors trying to cope with their storm-damaged homes, according to a statement from the District Attorney's office.

Advertisements for cheap roof repair, flood protection or other services will be making the rounds on social media, through flyers and other publications and "may sound appealing to a senior on a fixed income," the statement reads.

"Sometimes the workmanship is so poor that the job has to be redone later," the statement continues. "In some cases, contractors will require a very large payment before getting started and, once they get paid, the work is never finished."

The DA's office offers these tips for seniors: