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Editorial: Watch out for contractor, mortgage scams

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Owning a home is a privilege which has diminished in a tight economy. Homeowners who've managed to buck this downward trend are targets for scammers. A common scam involves contractors some hire, while another addresses foreclosure rescues.

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Extreme storms may be America's new norm, so the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns homeowners must doubly protect against bogus repair work by shady contractors. Routine home fix-ups and remodeling also invite scams.

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