ALBANY - Flooding has caused one too many headaches for residents along the Lake Ontario and St. Laurence River shoreline.

With property owners already stressed about finding contractors for clean up, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning consumers about scamming.

“Far too often, homeowners are pushed to hire contractors without signed documents stating what work will be done and how long it will take,” Schneiderman said. "That means consumers can end up with much larger bills than expected, projects that were never started or completed, or even liens against their homes.

"Homeowners need to know their rights, and contractors must obey the law. My office will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers’ hard-earned dollars and ensure that unscrupulous contractors are held accountable."

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Schneiderman says to be vigilant when picking a contractor and to make sure the contract contains terms and all the conditions are. New York state requires that every home improvement contractor must provide a written contract -- signed by both parties -- before the work begins.

For a list of things a contract should include, click here.

If anyone feels they've fallen victim to a scam, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Helpline at 1-800-771-7755 or call one of the Buffalo's regional offices at 716-853-8404.