Wednesday, October 31, 2012
After Sandy, a Different Kind of “Storm Chaser” - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.
After Sandy, a Different Kind of “Storm Chaser” - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.: As NPQ has noted in the wake of past natural disasters, there are, sadly, those human beings who see difficult circumstances not as an opportunity to help their neighbor, as most of us do, but as an opportunity to take advantage of those in the midst of trying circumstances. With this unscrupulous cohort of humanity in mind, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning donors not to fall prey to these fraudulent “storm chasers.” According to the BBB, “some of the most common ‘after-disaster’ scams involve auto, home and yard repairs or clean-up,” but following a few guidelines can help protect your repair dollars from scammers: stay calm, shop around for at least three estimates for any work that needs to be done, get everything in writing, be proactive rather than reactive, don’t pay in advance or with cash, and remember the old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”