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FEMA warns of disaster fraud, scams targeting hurricane survivors

Posted at 12:47 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 13:47:03-04

FEMA is reminding hurricane survivors to be on the lookout for possible disaster fraud and scams targeting those looking to recover

The Agency says that after a disaster, some people may try to take advantage of survivors by posing as official disaster aid workers trying to help survivors complete their applications.

Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person.

FEMA says that Louisiana survivors of Hurricane Laura should be aware of fraud and scams and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals.

Federal and state workers will never ask for or accept money and always carry identification badges.

There is no fee required to apply for or to get federal disaster assistance.

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, check with FEMA or local law enforcement to ensure your identity is protected.

FEMA says that those survivors who are questioning the validity of a contract or suspect fraud are encouraged to call the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

Complaints may also be made by contacting local law enforcement.

FEMA recommends victims of scams monitor their credit report for account changes they do not recognize.

If someone is using a victim's personal information, FEMA says that victim will need to take additional steps, including filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission through its website

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