TOPEKA – (April 29, 2014) – A consumer protection team from the attorney general's office will be in the Baxter Springs area today to assist residents recovering from Sunday’s tornado, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Staff from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will be on the scene to ensure victims of the storm are not further victimized by scam artists looking to take advantage of a disaster. The team will be on the lookout for storm-chasing roofing contractors moving into the area who are not properly registered with the attorney general’s office, as required by state law. Residents also should be wary of any door-to-door sales scams in the region.
The consumer protection team will return to Baxter Springs as needed. Residents in need of assistance should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 432-2310 (in Kansas) or (785) 296-3751, where assistance is always available during normal business hours.
“Far too often we see scam artists roll into disaster areas trying to take advantage of consumers in a vulnerable situation,” Schmidt said. “As the community of Baxter Springs continues to recover from this storm, we will be there to assist local law enforcement in making sure they are protected.”
Schmidt also reminded Kansans who wish to donate to disaster recovery efforts to be sure they are contributing to well-known, reputable charities. Scam artists are known to set up fake charitable organizations in the wake of disasters to take advantage of those wishing to support victims.
More information on avoiding scams after a disaster is available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.