Tips To Prevent Storm Scams: Don’t Get Swindled After Sandy

A house is seen with its entire first floor washed away as well as the entire surrounding area demolished when Hurricane Sandy hit the coastal estuary in the Oakwood Beach area of  Staten Island on Nov. 6, 2012. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A house is seen with its entire first floor washed away as well as the entire surrounding area demolished when Hurricane Sandy hit the coastal estuary in the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island on Nov. 6, 2012. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – We know that the road to recovery from Sandy will take awhile.

One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about when you’re trying to get back on your feet is getting scammed.

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Kelli Grant of SmartMoney.com joined The Couch on Wednesday to give us some tips on keep storm chasers from swindling you.

If you’ve seen price gouging or any other storm-related scam or criminal act, let us know.

Here are some of Kelli’s tips:

  • Use the yellow pages, the Internet, or a referral from a trusted friend to find the right company for you when repairing your house or looking for other post-storm services. Also, make sure the company is properly licensed and insured in your state.
  • Check prices before buying supplies or making purchases from big chain stores, because its harder for them to change their prices quickly.
  • Save your big charitable donations for organizations you know or have researched, so criminals dont get your personal information.

For more, check out the full interview below.