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…