Beware 'storm scammers'

Residents have been told to be aware of scammers that may use storm damage as a way to con people into thinking they are part of a professional clean up business.

A Department of Consumer Protection spokeswoman said that after storms scammers typically ``rose up’’ and targeted people affected.

``The advice we can give is for people to do some research before they hire a company,’’ she said.

``Other than that they can call us with their name and we can check it.’’

There have not been any scams reported to the Bunbury office yet but the spokeswoman said the department wanted to make sure people had been warned.

For more information or to check a business with the department call 9722 2888.

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