CROWN HEIGHTS - In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, many Brooklyn residents say that the repair process can be tricky and confusing with some falling victim to the practices of shady contractors.

In addition to reputation, the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud also gives a list of tips to protect against crooked contractors.  The organization suggests contacting your insurance company for established contractors.

Tom Aloia, an insurance agent who helps clients in the decision-making process after a storm, says the elderly are a big target for scam artists.  He also says getting more than one estimate on repairs is always a good idea.

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