How to avoid a scam in the aftermath of a hailstorm

DENVER -- With another round of storms expected Tuesday, the Better Business Bureau has a warning for people to watch out for scam artists.

The damage from storms can add up. The total insurance payout for claims after the May 2017 storm that pounded the Denver metro area was $2.3 billion.

Monday's storm was impressive but nothing like that. Still, the experts say be careful to fix possible damage.

"If you find that every reputable body shop or roofer that you contacted is booked for months out and then somebody is chasing your business and is able to help you right away -- as opposed to being that saving grace -- it may be worth looking into as a possible scame," said Krista Ferndelli with the BBB.

"Make sure you contact your insurance agency first and recommended vendors they want you to go through for repairs that can be expedite the process and ensure you have appropriate coverage for the fixes.

The BBB said to resist the urge to give in to that first great opportunity or any kind of high-pressure sales tactic and do some research on the back end.

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