Hurricane season has begun, but Louisiana residents need to know about flood insurance and contractor fraud year-round.

To that end, FEMA and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) are offering the following information on contractor fraud; tips on hiring a contractor; and myths about flood insurance.

Attempts to scam residents can be made over the phone, by mail or email, through the internet or in person. It is important to remain alert. Con artists are creative and resourceful.

If an offer sounds too good to be true, it should be questioned. Demand for contractors to repair or replace damaged homes in Louisiana is high. Fake or unlicensed contractors may try to take advantage of the situation to scam disaster survivors.

As insurance settlements, grants and loans put homeowners in a position to pay for work on their homes, survivors need to be sure the people they hire are authorized…

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