Be wary of shady, fake contractors following Hurricane Ian, officials say

ORLANDO, Fla. — The state’s chief financial officer is warning those impacted by Hurricane Ian about shady contractors.


Selecting the wrong person to repair storm damage could end up costing you more.

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“It’s like a swarm of locusts when they come in because they just come in and they just hit neighborhoods where there’s a lot of damage, and they go door to door,” Jan Cary, retired state Department of Financial Services detective, said about contractors, and people claiming to be contractors going into hard-hit areas of Central Florida.

Cary said there will be a lot of them, and many will be unlicensed or fail to carry workers comp insurance.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

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