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Bell County residents warned about scammers looking to exploit tornado survivors

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SALADO, Texas (KWTX) – Bell County officials on Friday asked home and property owners impacted by the EF3 tornado to be informed about proper debris clearance and to avoid falling prey to fraudsters.

“Scam artists and identity thieves flood into the area, trying to exploit survivors,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Reinhard. “It is already happening.”

Residents, Reinhard said, can follow three easy rules when working with vendors. First, always get multiple bids. Second, get any estimate for work and costs in writing.

Finally, never, under any circumstances, pay for services up front.

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“Scam contractors will try to manipulate disaster survivors with scare tactics or extremely low bids,” Reinhard said. “Legitimate contractors come with references and written guarantees.”

As residents work to clear their properties of debris, they must…

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