FEMA issues Scam Alert

FEMA issues Scam Alert

FEMA has created an #Irma rumor control page to help you verify what’s true and what’s not. Visit it here: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control

There may be reports of FEMA inspectors asking for personal information or charging for services such as damage inspections or contractor repairs.

This is a SCAM. (September 5).

Scam artists may pose as government officials, aid workers, charitable organizations, or insurance company

Follow these steps:

• Do not respond to texts, phone calls or personal requests seeking your personal information. The only time you should provide personal information is during the initial application process for FEMA help or when you initiate contact with FEMA to follow up on an application. FEMA inspectors only require verification of identity.

• Ask for identification and don’t be afraid to hang up on cold callers.

• Contact government agencies using information posted on their websites or in other official sources.

• Don’t sign anything you don’t understand or contracts with blank spaces.

• If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission.  

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