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AG Schmidt: South central Kansas fire damage could attract illegal contractors, price gouging

Release Date: Apr 05, 2016

TOPEKA – (April 5, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging residents in areas damaged by recent wildfires to use caution during the cleanup and rebuilding to avoid scams by transient contractors or price gouging.

“After damage from disasters, our main priority is to clean up and rebuild as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “Friends, family and neighbors are usually the first to offer help. However, there are also those who take advantage of victims in their time of need.”

Consumers should be on the lookout for price gouging in the wake of a disaster. Kansas law prohibits unjustifiably increasing the price of any necessary property or service, including gasoline, during a time of disaster. A disaster includes severe storms, tornado, earthquake, flood, fires or any extraordinary act. Barber, Comanche, Harvey and Reno Counties issued state of local disaster emergency declarations and Gov. Sam Brownback authorized a State of Disaster Emergency declaration March 23 for all four counties.

Any Kansans who have problems with contractors or other companies that follow storms or disasters may file a request for the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division to investigate at (800) 432-2310 or .