Police warn Coloradans of scammers trying to capitalize on flooding

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — The Wheat Ridge Police Department is warning Coloradans to be aware of scammers as the state begins to recover from the recent devastating storms.

According to Wheat Ridge Police spokesperson John Romero, the most common scams that are seen after disasters involving severe weather include home repair, tree trimming and asphalt improvement work.

Police say “Gypsy” or “Storm Chaser” scams involve groups of people who travel in groups across the country and show up in areas where major storms cause significant damage to communities.

Scammers typically ask for payment up front in cash or check. In almost all cases, the work is never completed or is poorly done, according to police.

Scammers normally target the elderly population.

Officers say that it is best not to make a decision right away when you are approached about home repair, and to always ask to see a business license. They say to check the Better Business Bureau to see if there is a report on the company.

If you think someone is trying to scam you, you should contact police immediately. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.