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Heavy rains lead to flood of scams for some homeowners

Last week's flooding is now leading to a flood of scams for some homeowners. However, the Indiana Attorney General Office is on it. Staff visited White and Carroll counties Tuesday to make people aware.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 11:53 PM
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 4:33 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Last week's flooding is now leading to a flood of scams for some homeowners.

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However, the Indiana Attorney General Office is on it. Staff visited White and Carroll counties Tuesday to make people aware.

Staff members dropped off checklists to various spots in White and Carroll counties. The checklists include how to protect yourself from what they call storm-chaser scams. The list describes ways you could be misled. It includes getting tricked into signing a contract without knowing all the charges. It also says always get a written contract.

News 18 spoke with one flood victim who said there's another way criminals are targeting flood victims.

"We basically lost everything," flood victim Dan Money said.


Money is slowing trying to pick up the pieces. Last week's flooding swept up years of Money's memories. In exchange, it left a damp, ruined home in Carroll County. 

"We've been married 40 years. There's 40 years worth of memories, of our memories, that's in this house," said Money.

The flooding led to plenty of problems for dozens of others.

"The scams, I've heard about, but I haven't seen it," said Money. "These kind of things always bring out that type of people."

To avoid being scammed, Money and his family are planning on rebuilding what is broken.

"We're not going to give the scam artists an opportunity; we're going to do it ourselves," said Money.

Money has noticed other ways criminals are taking advantage of the flooding victims in his neighborhood.

"People are setting things out in their driveway, so that they can clean up in their house and they're stealing that stuff," said Money.

He said the weather made some hardships for him and his neighbors and it's going to be tough to rebuild. However, he knows he'll get through it.

"We'll recover because God is good," said Money.

The attorney general's staff is expected to travel to other affected areas this week, warning people about the scams.

The governor's office has also been working to assess flood damage. Tuesday it added Jasper County to the list of counties in a state of emergency. Benton, Carroll and White counties were already on that list.

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