As families clean up after the snowstorm, beware of scammers!

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The May 20-21 snowstorm ripped trees apart citywide.

Now that the cleanup has begun, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is warning citizens to beware of scammers and unlicensed workers.

"Fallen trees can cause significant damage to homes and property, but hiring an unlicensed contractor could result in bigger problems," the PPRBD said in a statement Wednesday.

"Residents should check to see if the contractor is not only licensed, but licensed to do the work promised. For example, just because a contractor has a roofing license doesn’t mean they are licensed to perform structural repairs."

The aftermath of destructive storms is also the prime time for crooks to wiggle out of the woodwork looking for victims. 11 News has done many stories over the years regarding "contractors" who didn't do what they promised, often costing families tens of thousands.

"Property owners should also watch out for red flags like contractors urging or demanding people to sign a contract right away, pay the entire amount up front, or to obtain the permit as the property owner," PPRBD said.