Ohio AG warns of ‘scammers who profit off of severe weather’ following Dayton area tornadoes


The cleanup continues following a series of Southwest Ohio tornadoes Monday night that left one dead and dozens of homes destroyed.

With citizens seeking help, state Attorney General Dave Yost is now issuing a very different kind of warning, this time about possible scammers.

“Already in the early aftermath of these storms, we’ve seen some of the best of humanity on display,” Yost said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I expect the coming weeks and months will also bring out some of the worst: scammers hoping to make a quick buck off of those who’ve already lost so much.”

In a press release Wednesday, the AG’s office urged both those impacted by the storm and those looking to help to be on the look out for possible fake charities or home repair scams. Officials say “storm-chasing” contractors too often come to areas dealing with tragedy and take large sums of money claiming to complete repairs and clean up immediately, only to do a a poor job or no job at all.

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