Okla. AG warns of repair fraud following ice storm

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Updated: 4/12/2013 10:30 am Published: 4/12/2013 7:35 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Scott Pruitt is urging Oklahomans to beware of repair fraud scam following an April storm that left parts of the state ice-covered with downed trees and power lines.

Pruitt says repair fraud is common following a major storm. When there is extensive tree damage, Pruitt says Oklahomans may see scams involving clean-up as well as tree trimming and removal.

Pruitt says Oklahomans should be cautious when hiring workers and be sure they are from a reputable company. The attorney general says his public protection unit often has to prosecute dishonest repair services, referred to as travelers, who follow storms looking to make a profit off of other's misfortune.

With the spring storm season just beginning, Pruitt says Oklahomans need to remain vigilant to prevent repair fraud schemes.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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