FEMA wants to warn their people in need about potential scammers taking advantage of people that are in need of help.
FEMA mobile team members are working in federally designated counties to help residents register for disaster assistance, and quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs.
Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud:
- ASK TO SEE ID BADGES: All FEMA representatives wear a federal photo id badge.
- BEWARE OF PEOPLE GOING DOOR TO DOOR: People knocking on doors of damaged homes or phoning homeowners, claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or try to solicit money.
- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team: They are in affected areas providing disaster assistance information and helping survivors apply for FEMA aid.
-FEMA Does NOT have "approved" contractors- Beware of fake contractors, don't sign anything you don't understand or with blank spaces.
-AGAIN Federal Workers do not solicit or ask for money: FEMA workers never charge applicants for disaster assistance.
If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact FEMA disaster fraud hotline: 866-720-5721