How to protect yourself from contractor fraud

As a State Certified Electrical Contractor, we feel that it is imperative that we continue to educate our customers in Riverview, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma and surrounding areas how to protect themselves against contractor fraud.  Be aware that a first offense for unlicensed contracting is a 1st degree misdemeanor.  However, offenses committed during a Gubernatorial declared state of emergency, such as a hurricane, is a 3rd degree felony.  This is when unlicensed contractors are most likely to prey upon those looking for help after a storm.  Follow steps to ensure anyone you hire is licensed and be careful!