Larimer County officials alert flood victims of potential scam

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Larimer County officials released a warning Wednesday, asking homeowners to be on guard for potential scams targeting flood survivors.

According to Larimer County chief building official Eric Fried, a number of flood survivors have reported being approached by individuals offering demolition services or utility call-backs — the homeowners said these individuals also had inaccurate information regarding the flood status of the victims’ properties.

“People have told us they were notified their home is on a list to be demolished,” said Fried. “There is no such list. Some homes were destroyed, and others may ultimately need to be removed if they are substantially damaged in the floodplain, but we have set no deadlines nor issued any demolition orders.”

He cautioned homeowners to be wary of such rumors and to call the city directly to get correct information about rebuilding after the flood.

Fried also directed people to visit the county’s website or call 970-498-7966 to check the status of their property.

The county official provided some tips to identify the scam.

“If someone tells you they can do the job cheaper, they do not need a permit or they are not licensed, those should be red flags to you,” said Fried. “Unlicensed contractors may not have insurance or be qualified to do the job properly. We license contractors to protect homeowners, who are especially vulnerable in the wake of natural disasters like the recent flood.”

Officials asked for residents to report any suspicious activity to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985.