As the flooding Mississippi River slowly dips back between its banks, the Iowa Attorney General’s office is warning eastern Iowa residents to be wary of scams. Bob Brammer, a spokesman for the Attorney General, says there -are- people out there just waiting to take advantage of flood victims.Some 14-hundred homes in eastern Iowa were badly damaged by flooding over the past few weeks. Brammer says people who are in a tight spot and need work done so they can get their lives back to normal are often the easiest victims of scam artists.Brammer says people should be especially careful with contractors who go door-to-door asking for advance payment for clean up or repair work.Iowans should check references and call the local Better Business Bureau. If they suspect price-gouging or consumer fraud, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (515) 281-5926.
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