SAVANNAH, GA (October 12, 2016): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police urge citizens to be aware of criminals posing as service providers during the community’s Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, many Savannah-Chatham residents are in need of services such as tree and debris removal or repairs to homes and other personal property. To guard against scammers posing as legitimate service providers, citizens should always request copies of a current business license before any transaction.

Business licenses will contain information such as the company’s name, license number, service classification, dates active and address. The Georgia city or county issuing the license should also be noted. Out-of-state businesses must also obtain local licenses.

Individuals or businesses accused of price gouging, operating without a Georgia business license or any other fraudulent activity could face fines and/or jail time.

Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Major Richard Zapal,  will be available to discuss hurricane recovery scam prevention at 3:30 p.m. in the SCMPD Public Affairs Office.