SCAM ALERT: Tips To Protect Your Money After Irene

People affected by Hurricane Irene should be wary of people trying to take advantage of the situation to scam you out of your money.

City of Greenville Public Information Officer Steve Hawley says they have already received reports of people try to sell cheap generators out of the backs of trucks.

Hawley says people in Greenville should be on the lookout for people approaching them to help with debris removal. Anyone trying to do a job in Greenville needs to have city-issued business license, according to Hawley. He says people should ask to see their business license. If they do not have one, a resident can report that at (252) 329-4316.

Hawley says you should also ask for identification from someone asking to do work for you, get references and call those references.

It's also important that you don't pay for services upfront. That gives scam artists the ability to take your money and walk away.

North Carolina has a strict price gouging law in effect during a state of emergency. If you think someone is using Hurricane Irene to charge higher prices, call the North Carolina Attorney General's Office at (877) 5-NO-SCAM.

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