The office of the Attorney General announced today that a consumer protection team will be in Baxter Springs to assist residents recovering from Sunday's tornado.
The Consumer Protection Division will help ensure that victims are not further victimized after the EF-2 tornado destroyed over a hundred homes and businesses.
Scam artists typically look to take advantage of disasters according to the Attorney General's office.
The team will be looking for storm-chasing roofing contractors who are not properly registered with the AG's office. They also say residents should be wary of any door-to-door solicitations in the region.
“Far too often we see scam artists roll into disaster areas trying to take advantage of consumers in a vulnerable situation,” Schmidt said. “As the community of Baxter Springs continues to recover from this storm, we will be there to assist local law enforcement in making sure they are protected.”
Schmidt also says to be careful when donating to disaster recovery efforts because scam artists are known to set up fake charitable organizations to take advantage of those wishing to help victims.
Residents who are in need of assistance should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 432-2310 or (785) 296-3751 during normal business hours or online at In Your Corner Kansas.