How to avoid getting scammed by shady contractors preying on Harvey victims in Houston

John Leggett was helping a friend assess the flood damage inside his Memorial-area home on Wednesday afternoon when they heard a knock on the door around 4 p.m.

A clean-cut man wearing a tucked-in polo shirt and jeans was at the door. The man — who introduced himself as a flood remediation specialist — told Leggett and his friend he was doing a lot of work in the neighborhood, and that he could start the cleanup process right now. During Hurricane Harvey’s torrential downpours, Leggett’s…


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