Word has spread quickly across the region of the severe damage caused in the Duluth area.  While many have come to help and aid those who need it, unfortunately there is always the potential for criminals to prey on victims of yesterday's storm.  Be weary of anyone going door to door offering services.  They could be scamming you.  Here's some tips to prevent being a victim.

First off, most local companies are very busy, so it is unlikely they are going door to door.  If someone does approach you, make sure they provide you with their contractor's license and insurance information.  Anyone insured, bonded, and licensed will have this information with them.

Don't pay up front for services on the spot.  You can always ask for references as well.  Reputable businesses will be happy to provide those.

And remember the golden rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.