Avoiding Post-Disaster Scams
If it sounds too good to be true ... it probably is.
Scam artists are always looking for an opening. What better opportunity — a time when individuals are most vulnerable — than the time that follows a disaster?
"In the aftermath of a disaster, it is common for unscrupulous people to try to take advantage of victims," said Carlos Mitchell, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer. "People need to be aware that con artists will exploit disaster victims by preying on their fears and vulnerability."
If a disaster does strike, artists in the affected area can protect themselves and their businesses from scams of several common types. You’ve already got enough to deal with! What follows are practical ways to avoid falling prey to fraud.