In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence there may be individuals who will attempt to take advantage of residents and business owners. Please watch for and report potential fraud from scam artists and identity thieves to the North Carolina Attorney General’s office by calling toll-free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM within the state or by filing a consumer complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.
For a list of types of fraud or fraudulent schemes to look out for after a severe weather event visit the North Carolina Department of Justice’s website at www.ncdoj.gov/disaster.
Learn more from award-winning journalist, Alicia Doyle, who has covered a range of human interest topics including ways to stay safe during post-disaster fraud and scams.
Alicia’s top five scams to lookout for:
- Be wary of charity scams
- Robocall scams related to insurance and premiums
- Debris clean up and removal scams
- Remodeling, Repairman and Storm Chasers Scams
- Scams that lead to identity theft
Learn more from Alicia at: https://www.highya.com/articles-guides/natural-disaster-scams-how-they-work-and-ways-to-protect-yourself
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