Phony repairmen aren't on the prowl only when it's warm. They're lurking around the Rockford-area when it's cold, too.

These con artists (a.k.a. storm chasers) are back at it again after one month of 25+ inches of snow dropped on northern Illinois, according to MyStateline.com. And before anyone goes off about "they're not all scammers!", just look at some of BBB's tips on their warning signs.

  • The average contractor does not go door-to-door.
  • Most professionals don't randomly approach new clients in an unmarked car.
  • Offers of snow removal for payment in advance is uncommon if unsolicited.
  • Claims of spotting roof damage and an offer of repair with advanced pay is a red flag.

The BBB told Mystateline.com, these types of circumstances often lead to the storm chaser leaving with money and without fixing anything.

Always search BBB.org to check a business' credibility before turning over money.


JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.