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Jul 10, 2012 8:32 AM by Kate Richards

Victims of Waldo Canyon Fire: Watch out for scam artists

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is warning about scam artists preying on wildfire victims and on people trying to donate to relief funds.

Suthers said Monday some residents have reported getting automated phone calls or visits from door-to-door solicitors seeking donations for fire victims. He says reputable charities don't gather contributions that way and suggests people give money only to groups they are familiar with.

Suthers also warned that disasters often draw scammers posing as contractors or repair specialists. He advised checking with the Better Business Bureau and asking companies for references and written contracts.

A release from Suthers' office doesn't say whether any home-repair frauds have been reported.

Suthers also cautioned against paying exorbitant fees to independent insurance adjusters.

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