7/9/2018 9:59:00 AM Windom police warn of scammers taking advantage of flood victims
In the wake of the recent flooding of the Des Moines River and Perkins Creek, the scammers are out in full force, according to the Windom Police Department.
Police are warning residents of two potential scam issues, one involving people posing as FEMA representatives and another involves door-to-door contractors:
* There have been reports of scammers identifying themselves as FEMA officials who want to send money to residents. "However, they say they want your personal information" said Windom Assistant Police Chief Cory Hillesheim. "FEMA and the IRS will never call and request personal information, so do not give it out."
* Hillesheim said it is also very common for contractors to visit flood-damaged communities and go door-to-door offering their services. He added that all door-to-door sales people must have a city-issued permit. "The reason for the permit is so we can do a background check to see if the company is legitimate," Hillesheim said. "If they don't have a permit, tell them they must go to city hall for a permit. If you see anything suspicious, call the police."
As of 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the city had issued zero permits for home improvement contractors selling services door-to-door. If any permits are issued, the list will be updated as soon as possible at windomnews.com.