Flagler Beach Police Remind Residents To Be Aware Of Scammers After Irma

By on October 13, 2017 in WNDB News

Flagler Beach, FL – Flagler Beach Police are warning residents that they should still be alert to scammers who attempt to take advantage of those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Officials have some advice on how to safeguard yourself against fraud below:

  • Ask for identification: Remember that all Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives are required to carry an identification badge with a picture. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone claiming to be a FEMA representative, call your local law enforcement agency.
  • Safeguard your FEMA registration number: Do not share your registration number with anyone else. This number is the key to your application.
  • Protect your personal information: State and Federal disaster agencies will never call you to ask for your personal information. Do not give out your personal information over the phone.
  • FEMA inspectors verify damages: FEMA representatives will not be involved in repairs, and they do not recommend contractors.
  • Be aware of people going door-to-door: People going door-to-door at damaged homes claiming to be contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for your personal information or solicit money.

If you suspect fraud, you can call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

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