There are multiple reports of so called “FEMA Inspectors” who will go asking those affected by the storm for personal information. They will also charge for services such as damage inspections and or contractor repairs. Be very careful, if these “FEMA Inspectors” show up at your home, they are FRAUDS and will try to scam you!!!
These Scam artist will pose as government officials, insurance employees, aid workers, and even charitable organizations employees! If you find yourself dealing with these kinds of scam artist, follow these steps:
- Make sure to not respond to texts, calls, or any type of request that asks for personal and private information. There is only one time that you should be providing personal information, and that is during the initial application process with FEMA or when you imitate contact with FEMA following up on an application. FEMA inspectors will only Require verification of your identity.
- If you receive a cold call and suspect a scam, ask for identification. DO NOT be afraid to HANG UP!
- Contact Government agencies using the information that they post on their websites or any other official source.
- If you suspect fraud, contact the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or by visiting the Texas Attorney General’s office website.
If you have been displaced from your home, depending on your policy you may be eligible for additional living expense (ALE) coverage. Please Contact us for any questions.
We hope that no one in the areas affected by Harvey have to deal with any of these scammers. But if you do, make sure to contact the FEMA fraud hotline to report them.
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