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FTC Warning For Storm Damage Victims


Recovering from Atlantic Storm Lee? Keep Scammers at bay.

Atlantic storm Lee brought near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains to many New England residents — many already affected by wildfires and severe flooding this summer. When you’re doing your best to recover from the destruction caused by back-to-back natural disasters, the words “I can help” may sound like music to your ears. And that’s exactly what scammers count on to try to steal your money or personal information. So how do you weed out the scammers and get real help?

Scammers might knock on your door and offer help to remove a fallen tree, clean up services for water damage, or help to apply for government assistance. But even if the details change, there are steps to protect yourself from the most common disaster recovery scams.

Visit ftc.gov/WeatherEmergencies to learn more and share to help others avoid disaster recovery scams. Suspect a scam? Tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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