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Scammers take advantage of tornado victims

HENRYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The rebuilding process could take years in areas hardest hit by tornadoes, and with all that work come the threat of scammers trying to make a quick buck.

The WAVE 3 Troubleshooter went to Clark County working to warn families on what they should watch out for.

In Henryville, homes used to represent families have been reduced to piles of rubble. The Dietrich's are one such family. Four or five homes in a quarter mile stretch, all owned by the same family, are now gone.

The Home Builders Association of Southern Indiana came to town to make sure life for the Dietrich's, and families like them, don't spiral even further out of control.

Vice President of the Indiana Home Builders Association, Greg Furnish, said, "When it's as bad as this, for them to be scammed, we will pay a deposit up front, they don't show up, then we hear countless stories of that happening."

The Home Builders Association said there are already signs of concern.

The signs include advertisements for contractors that have popped up all over Henryville. Some are honest business men, but executive officer Dawn McLean said many are just out looking to make a quick buck.

She said one guy even called the Home Builders Association wanting to know how quickly he could become a builder, so he could get work here as soon as possible; McLean saw that as a huge red flag.

She said, "I was mad. The first thing I was mad. Then I was sad for the people, that there are individuals trying to capitalize on their devastation."

Devastation that the families like the Dietrich's can't escape, and hope whoever they hire to help sees the chance to good and not just a pot of gold."

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