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Like clockwork, just as soon as a community begins to pick itself up after a disaster, unscrupulous companies and individuals comes out of the woodwork looking to pray on property owners desperate to make repairs and who often have insurance money in hand to do so.

After deadly tornadoes moved across the Southeast earlier this year, for instance, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King released a statement reminding residents to remain vigilant when hiring a contractor or other vendors to make repairs on homes or businesses.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].