Post-Storm Preparedness: Beware Of Fraud

After the storm, many newcomers, from volunteers to state and federal employees, will show up in your area. Fraud artists show up as well. Here are some things to consider during the clean-up period.

Clipboards with official looking forms are NOT proof that an individual represents a state, federal or voluntary agency serving disaster survivors.

In the wake of a disaster, bogus solicitations may arrive by email, by telephone or when someone knocks at the door. The best advice is to provide cash donations to known organizations.

To report suspicious activity, call the Texas Attorney Generalís Consumer Complaint Hotline at (800) 252-8011. For more information on fraud in disasters from the Attorney Generalís Consumer Protection Division, click on: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/disaster.shtml

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