Frank Scafidi: March 18, 2020

WEATHERING THE STORM OF UNSCRUPULOUS ROOFERS

NICB and IBHS Partner to Combat Roofing Contractor Fraud

 

FRANK SCAFIDI

NICB PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

 

Insurers pay billions of dollars each year to cover losses caused by severe weather but, unfortunately, sometimes those payments end up in the pockets of unscrupulous contractors. Those contractors follow the path of damage caused by severe storms around the country soliciting business door-to-door. They often prey on the most vulnerable homeowners, including the elderly, pressing them to sign contracts and hand over payment on the spot only to never be seen again or fail to do the repairs as promised. Unscrupulous roofers may even ask to go up on a roof to inspect it for damage for the sole purpose of intentionally damaging it to get business.

 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) along with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have teamed up to make homeowners aware of the risk as peak hail season approaches.  NICB is the expert resource on roofing fraud, while IBHS researches hail damage in real world and laboratory settings. This research informs manufacturers of opportunities to improve roofing products, helps establish installation best practices and guidelines, and leads to improved forecast models that provide more accurate risk assessments.  

 

On Wednesday, March 18th, NICB Public Affairs Director Frank Scafidi and Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco, Managing Director of Research at IBHS are available to you and your listeners to talk about common roofing scams and the fight to stop the criminals who commit them.  They will also share tips on what actions homeowners should take if they suspect they have property damage caused by severe weather, like hail, and how to avoid hiring a fraudsters ahead of the spring storm season.

 

Top tips on hiring a roofing contractor:

  • Call your insurance agent first if you believe you need a new roof or repairs because of storm damage.
  • Get more than one estimate. Never let a contractor pressure you into hiring them.
  • Work with only licensed and insured contractors, preferably from your community.
  • Demand references and check them.
  • Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license, write down the license number and their vehicle’s license plate number.

 

For more information please visit www.nicb.org or disastersafety.org

 

MORE ABOUT FRANK SCAFIDI:

Frank Scafidi joined NICB as public affairs director in August 2004.  He is responsible for the NICB’s day-to-day media relations and oversees publication and distribution of all special reports and news releases relating to vehicle theft and insurance fraud. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Scafidi urged free public access to all flood-damaged vehicles through NICB’s website.  The NICB Board approved the project and it has since expanded to the present day VINCheckSM system which allows free public access to information on unrecovered stolen vehicles, total loss declarations and salvage vehicle data.

 

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