MAYFIELD, Ky. (FOX 56) – In response to the severe damage caused by recent tornadoes and storms, Attorney General Daniel Cameron launched an emergency program to prevent home repair fraud in the City of Mayfield and Graves County. The program aims to prevent contractors from taking advantage of storm victims as many families hope to begin rebuilding.
The Emergency Contractor Registration Program requires contractors to register with Mayfield or Graves County before starting a job. Beginning today at 1:00 p.m. EST, representatives from the Office of Consumer Protection will be on-site in Mayfield to register contractors. Any contractors who are not registered will need to complete this registration. Registered contractors will be issued placards, which must be displayed on their job sites and in the contractor’s car.
The registration office is located at 1102 Paris Road #5 in Mayfield. It is open Monday through Friday but will be closed on Dec. 30 and 31. Questions can be directed to the office by calling (502) 871-2424.
Contractors who are already registered in Mayfield or Graves County can stop by the office to complete registration with Attorney General staff and receive a placard.
The program will also provide scam and fraud prevention information to Kentuckians affected by the tornado. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, the Graves County and City of Mayfield governments, and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky advise storm victims to research several estimates and get references from friends and family before hiring a contractor.
Officials also said to resist “special pricing” offers, get a written contract detailing the scope of work, and never pay a contractor upfront for services. Lastly, they said to make sure your contractor has proper proof of insurance, and never sign over your insurance claims to your contractor.