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Hails Storms Bring Out Scammers

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio
A BMW that was badly damaged by hail.

Damage from hail storms that pounded San Antonio in April have caused nearly $2 million in losses and that figure is expected to go higher. Insurance adjusters are still assessing the damage.

The Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Department also reports 60 cases of insurance fraud.

“They say it all deals with automobiles – people who have damaged their cars if they weren’t damaged in the hail storm, trying to get insurance money – or just old damage that could have occurred from two or three years ago and trying to say the damaged occurred from the most recent hail storms,” said Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas.

Hanna recommends that if your roof was damaged, you do your research before hiring a contractor.

“There’s so many people in the San Antonio area, that that’s where you turn to first. Their businesses are going to be in the better business bureau,” said Hanna. “They’re going to be word of mouth from a lot people that they’ve put roofs on. Anybody who’s giving you a cold call you’re just asking for trouble.”

Hanna also says to be patient.  It could take months before all repairs are made.

Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's Assistant News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from 3-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.