Tips for avoiding being a victim of a scam

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Lt. Scott Tummond, head of investigations for the Levy Sheriff's Office, said the best advice is for residents to deal with local vendors. “So if a problem arises they can call them back to do it right,” he said.

His other tips:

• Make sure they are licensed and bonded. 

• Make sure to get a contract that specifically spells out what they are going to do for what price.

• Beware of the fly-by-night unsolicited visits trying to sell you on work.

• Get a card with contact numbers on it and call them.

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