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Floridians Recovering from Hurricane Michael Shouldn't Sign over Their Benefits until They've Done Thorough Background Checks on Contractors


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(OPEN):
"HURRICANE MICHAEL" WAS BAD.  BUT NOW, FRAUDSTERS ARE TRYING TO MAKE THINGS WORSE--BY PREYING ON OLDER CONSUMERS.  ACCORDING TO "A-A-R-P FLORIDA'S" STATE-DIRECTOR, JEFF JOHNSON, IF A CONTRACTOR PRESSURES YOU TO SIGN OVER YOUR INSURANCE- OR "FEMA"-BENEFITS, TELL THEM TO BACK OFF...

(JOHNSON):
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IF YOUR HOME WAS DAMAGED BY 'MICHAEL', YOU NATURALLY WANT TO GET THINGS BACK TO NORMAL--FAST.  YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL, THOUGH, ABOUT SIGNING OVER YOUR INSURANCE- OR 'FEMA'-BENEFITS--BECAUSE IT COULD BE A SCAM.  A FRAUDSTER COULD OVERCHARGE YOU, DO SHODDY WORK, OR EVEN STICK YOU WITH BIG BILLS--AND THEN MAKE OFF WITH ALL OF THE MONEY FROM YOUR CLAIM.  THAT'S WHY YOU SHOULD READ CONTRACTS CAREFULLY--BEFORE YOU SIGN.  AND, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CONTRACTOR IS BOTH LICENSED AND INSURED."

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FIGHTING FRAUD IN THE WAKE OF "HURRICANE MICHAEL", CALL "A-A-R-P FLORIDA"--AT 1-866-595-7678.  THAT'S 1-866-595-7678.  OR, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"F-L".



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