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City officials say scammers targeting Phoenix flood victims

More than 1.5 inches of rain last week flooded several residences in Laveen on Aug. 12, (Source: CBS 5 News) More than 1.5 inches of rain last week flooded several residences in Laveen on Aug. 12, (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Nearly two weeks after a monster storm slammed South Mountain, standing water and piles of debris are a common sight in the neighborhoods off Dobbins and 24th Street.

Valerie Perkins was lucky. Her home managed to weather the storm. Even so, she told CBS 5 strangers have been coming out of the woodwork wanting to help with repairs.

"The next day, a gentleman came, and he was in a suit. He had a shovel with him. I don't know why he had a shovel, and he said, 'Well, let me dig down a little,'" said Perkins.

When Perkins asked if he was licensed and bonded he told her he didn't and left.

Around the same time, a man and woman also showed up on her doorstep.

"I don't know how he knew I was there by myself, but he did. He said, 'Let us look around your house,' and I said, 'I don't have any damage.' He said, 'There's been a lot of damage with air conditioners in your area,'" said Perkins.

The couple made it to the side of her house before Perkins kicked them off her property.

Down the road at the Disaster Information and Recovery Center, volunteers started hearing stories Sunday of more trusting homeowners getting ripped off.

Fire department officials said one woman was taken for $1,000.

"She was an elderly female, and she was enquiring about moving some debris that was in her yard," said Phoenix fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan.

Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego said homeowners need to do their homework before hiring anyone.

A good place to start is with the Registrar of Contractors and the Better Business Bureau.

"Even though you are in a crisis situation, people may not be trustworthy. Ask hard questions; make sure you check people out," said Gallego.

The Disaster Recovery Center located at Fire Station 57 closed Monday at 7 p.m. Gallego said you can still get help. If you need to do so, visit the website phoenix.gov.

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