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Help Desk: Adairsville police to offer contractor fraud & scam forum

7:20 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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The EF3 tornado that swept through Adairsville on January 30 left North Georgia residents with major structural damage to their homes.  Thousands of volunteers helped with tornado cleanup in the city, and homeowners have begun the rebuilding process.

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With major home repairs the opportunity presents itself for fraudulent contractors to take advantage of homeowners.  Scam artists acting under the guise of general contractors can swindle their way into homes without being licensed or accredited.  The 11Alive Help Desk wants homeowners to be aware of the help available to them when hiring a general contractor for a home improvement project.

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The Adairsville Police Department, in conjunction with the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF), a Georgia nonprofit, are joining together to host the "Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Contractor Fraud and Scams" consumer protection forum.

The forum will take place Thursday, February 28 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Adairsville Police Department.  The event is free and open to the public.  Attendees will learn how to deal with and hire home repair contractors and typical scams that shady contractors use.

Forum speakers include Lt. Mike Fitz of the Adairsville Police Department; Ben Skipper, Community Development Director for the City of Adairsville; Brandy Nation, a Bartow County building permitting expert; Kevin Veler, a Georgia attorney specializing in construction law; Lem Howard and Bruce Thompson, insurance experts; Lanard Cullins, a disaster inspector and construction manager, and others.

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