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Storm chasers can rip off flood victimsSubmitted: 06/28/2013
Storm chasers can rip off flood victims
Story By Associated Press

BOSCOBEL - Wisconsin wants to warn people in flooded areas to watch for scam artists working door to door.

The Department of Agriculture is urging homeowners cleaning up from flooding to be careful about contractors.

Some might go door-to-door this weekend promising quick help at a great price.

These contractors, sometimes known as "storm chasers," have a history of doing subpar work for high prices or running off with a victim's money.

Major parts of southwestern Wisconsin are under water from several inches of rain this week.

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