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FEMA Warns Seniors: Be Wary of Scammers

Elderly residents affected by Superstorm Sandy could find themselves victims of unscrupulous contractors and scam artists.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is advising seniors recovering from Superstorm Sandy to be on the lookout for scam artists claiming to represent FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA) or the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

By going door to door to storm-damaged homes or making contact by phone or on the Internet, scam artists may try to obtain personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers or falsely claim that you need to make a payment to a federal agency.

FEMA is offering residents a number of tips to ensure that they're not victims of a potential scam:

On any follow-up calls, a FEMA representative will only ask for the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.

While a FEMA representative may visit your home in connection with your claim, they will not ask you to make a payment.

If someone comes to your door identifying themselves as a FEMA, SBA or NFIP representative, ask to see their federal identification badge. All authorized FEMA or SBA employees are required to display a laminated photo identification badge at all times.

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, call the FEMA Fraud Hotline at 800-323-8603 or call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846.

Walking Dead March 14, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Maybe if you had read my previous remarks foggy, you would not have been so quick to judge.
Pat Fenlon March 14, 2013 at 09:16 PM
We are all in the same boat. Destroyed houses, no insurance money and no help from Fema (or government). We are all venting our frustrations. Let's take a deep breath. Talking about it and knowing that we are not alone in this horrible situation may help some, let's hope so.
Martin March 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Error-riddled flood zone maps, extravagant home-raising heights, exorbitant annual insurance premiums... to bail out FEMA from its Katrina debt on the backs of NJ property owners. The 2012 Biggert-Waters Act gave FEMA the power to destroy the coasts, the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, etc. (20% of all Americans). Congress must amend it. Get the facts at Facebook.com/StopFemaNow
Henderson silva March 19, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Hi there, I am an Army National guard soldier and was there helping with the recovery team. I also have a painting business, registered and insured, a real company not a scammer. I would like to have the opportunity to have your bussiness if you need paint or wood work in your home. Thanks P&H restoration Henderson Phone:973-803-3542 Henderson821@hotmail.com
Cartman March 23, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Ummmmm, this site is not for advertising a business.

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