Be aware of SCAMMERS after natural disasters.
I am please to inform you that we were reached out by my good buddy, North Carolina Attorney General (AG) Josh Stein to help prevent scammers in N.C. The lawyers of the Department of Justice and A.G. Josh Stein have offered their help. After disasters like Hurricane Florence we worry about a few different issues: price gouging, home repair scams, and charity scams are at an all time high after storms.
Price gouging is the most immediate concern. NCGS 75-38 makes charging an unreasonably excessive price on necessities during a state of emergency a civil violation in North Carolina. The prohibition remains in effect until the earlier of the end of the state of emergency or 45 days from its declaration, unless the Governor extends it.
If you or someone you know feels like you have been a victim of price gouging please contact the office of the Attorney General. The best way to file a complaint is online at www.ncdoj.gov/gouging. If you do not have access to the internet, you can contact their office toll-free at 1-877-5-NOSCAM.
As of yesterday, their office has received nearly 650 complaints from North Carolinian's across the state. The vast majority concerned gasoline and water.
As people begin to rebuild, we expect to also see an increase on home repair scams. Often we see questionable contractors going door to door, offering to help rebuild quickly and at low prices in exchange for a deposit. Once the deposit is collected, the contractor never returns. Prevention is the best way to address scams. Please get references,use a reputable contractor, ask for everything in writing and do not pay for work in advance. Get multiple quotes. The cheapest price is not always the best price.
Other tips can be located at ncdoj.gov/disasters. Again, please be safe, and use caution. If you need any further assistance in this matter please contact your local police department. If you live in the area, just stop by for a cup of coffee and we at the Stantonsburg Police Department will help out in anyway possible. Thank you and God bless.
Stantonsburg Police Department
114 E. Commercial Ave.
Stantonsburg, NC 27883