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Clover Fire victims warned about scammers

By Mark MESTER
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:32:26 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 12:19:06 PM CDT

Ken Swanson, President of the Shasta County Fire Council, gave a few tips for when folks are contacted by a contractor.

IGO, California -

Victims of the Clover Fire gathered in the Igo-Ono School Tuesday night to get information on how to rebuild their lives and homes.

The fire, which broke out Monday, September 9th, destroyed 68 homes and more than 100 outbuildings.

Among the several topics discussed were scammers trying to rip off homeowners who are trying to rebuild.

Ken Swanson, the President of the Shasta County Fire Council, gave a few tips for when folks are contacted by a contractor.

Swanson says to always ask for a contractor's license, which has 6 digits.

Ask them for a business card.

Find out if they have a crew and if they work with local businesses and suppliers.

Swanson provided his number 530-949-6574 and email: talkradiobuilder@gmail.com for anyone looking for more information.

Leonard Moty, the Shasta County Supervisor representing the second district, says anyone trying to scam fire victims will face a harsh punishment.

"I'd give em the same message I'd give when I was police chief. Don't come to our county, don't try to scam our people, cause if you do we're gonna come after you with the full force of the law," said Moty.

Moty also offered up his phone number to anyone that didn't attend Tuesday night's meeting and wants more information.

Moty said to call the Shasta County Board of Supervisors at 530-225-5557.