Be wary of storm-related roofing, identity theft scams, Oklahoma City authorities say

Oklahoma City’s emergency manager advised residents with storm damage to be wary of scams, after reports surfaced of individuals going door-to-door, offering to file paperwork on behalf of homeowners for federal reimbursement for roof repairs.

“There is no federal program to reimburse you for repairs, roof or otherwise, from the April 29 storm,” said Frank Barnes. “There isn’t and there’s not going to be.”

Terri Watkins, communications director for Attorney General Mike Hunter, said the immediate concern on Monday was for residents who might be persuaded to give up personal information that could be used in an identity theft racket.

High winds early on April 29 caused significant damage throughout the heart of Oklahoma City, from about 59 Street on the south side to 50 Street on the north.

Barnes had these tips for homeowners with storm damage who are approached by individuals offering to handle repairs:

• Confirm their state registration.

• Ask whether they have a local office.

• Always get more than one quote on costs.

Barnes said homeowners who feel intimidated or as if they are being forced into something, such as signing a form, should tell the individual to leave and shut the door.

Consumer resources are offered by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office and the Construction Industries Board

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