Dept. of Commerce Uges Northlanders to be Wary of False Contractors

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Following June's flood, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is warning Northlanders about the potential dangers of working with contractors in the recovery process.

Officials with the Department of Commerce claim that, following any major natural disaster, there are contractors that will chase the storms in hopes of taking advantage of those in need.

To avoid this, officials urge people to make sure that any potential contractor has a license to do business in the state of Minnesota.

Officials also say obtaining multiple quotes from various contractors can help ensure people will receive the best deal.

"Don't just take the first contractor who comes to your door, and sign a contract. Make sure to ask questions. Get the contract in writing," said Matt Swenson, with the MN Dept. of Commerce.

If you would like to know if a contractor is licensed for Minnesota, officials urge you to call the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

That contact is posted below:

(651) 284-5005

-OR-

1-800-DIAL-DLI (1-800-342-5354)

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