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My Take - Getting Help Without Getting Scammed

I firmly believe that the majority of the people you see as you go about your day are good, kind people who simply want to do what's right. For me, that belief was greatly reinforced in the aftermath of the April 27th tornados. People all across the state stepped up within hours to volunteer their time and money, asking nothing in return but to be put to good use. But sadly, there are some people who see the recovery effort not as an opportunity to help others, but as a chance to help themselves. They prey on those in need by selling services they have no intention of fulfilling, or they drastically raise prices on goods people desperately need. The State Attorney General's office has promised to prosecute cases of price gouging and fraud, but it's up to all of us to be vigilant as well. There are clear warning signs that indicate potential fraud, especially when dealing with home repair. If you go to the My Take section of WAFF.com, you'll find a list of these warning signs, questions you should ask and how to report suspected cases of price gouging and fraud. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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