FEMA warns victims of recent natural disasters in North Carolina that con artists may try to obtain money or personal information from survivors through fraud, scams, or identity theft.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, President Joe Biden approved North Carolina’s Disaster Declaration, paving the way for those impacted by Tropical Storm Fred to receive federal assistance.
Officials with FEMA said Monday, Sept. 13, that sometimes scammers try to apply for assistance using the names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from disaster survivors.
FEMA advises that disaster survivors keep the following in mind while their crews are on the ground:
- Don’t trust anyone who asks for money. Federal and local disaster workers do not ask for or accept money. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out applications.
- Don’t believe anyone who promises a disaster grant in return for a large cash deposit or other payments in full.
- Be wary of unexpected phone calls or visits to your home from people claiming to be FEMA housing inspectors or people claiming they work for FEMA. The person might ask for your Social Security number and income or banking information. FEMA representatives will have a laminated badge and your FEMA application number.
- Protect the privacy of your…