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BBB issues response in aftermath of deadly KY tornadoes; warns of storm chasers

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky warns of storm-chasing scammers in the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes and storms that struck Kentucky and other states Friday night.

While many Kentuckians have opened their hearts and stepped up to donate funds, necessities, and services to those devasted by the storms, there is an increased potential of out-of-town storm chasers looking to take advantage of victims as they begin the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding. BBB warns Kentucky residents affected by the storms to beware of these scammers.

“Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the deadly tornadoes,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, BBB President and CEO. ” It’s just a matter of time now that scammers will prey on victims.” Smith-Hamblin says scam artists come out of the woodwork during a victim’s most vulnerable times. “BBB is here to help guide you through these difficult times so you don’t get scammed.”

BBB offers the following tips for tornado and storm victims:

• Know your rights and responsibilities as provided by the state Attorney General. Kentucky residents can contact the Kentucky Attorney General’s office at or call 502.696.5300.

• Businesses must be licensed. Contact the Revenue Commission at 502.574.4860 to check out a company’s licensure.

• Many municipalities require a solicitation permit if salespeople go door-to-door. Verify that they need to have a permit…

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