If you’ve been affected by a recent natural disaster has someone called asking to verify your FEMA registration even though you didn’t apply? Or have you tried to claim FEMA benefits or assistance, but were told you had already applied?
After receiving multiple complaints from people living in these affected areas, the FTC wants you to know about a scam involving FEMA impersonators and identity theft. Here is what people are reporting:
- Someone pretending to be from FEMA is calling to ask people for their personal information
- People’s identities have been stolen after a recent natural disaster
- Someone has filed for FEMA benefits using people’s names
FEMA has tips to help protect yourself from disaster fraud. This includes what to do if you try to register for FEMA assistance online but get a verification error, and what to do if someone calls asking you to verify your FEMA registration even though you did not apply. You also can check out the FTC’s information on imposter scams, including people pretending to be from the government.
Has your identity already been stolen? Visit IdentityTheft.gov to receive a step-by-step personal recovery plan. And if you’ve spotted a disaster-related fraud, please tells us about it at ftc.gov/complaint.
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In reply to I had my SS card stolen by a by Xwoman
Please send me in Spanish , because I can to do described as To prevent - Awareness for more people that work in the company where I job. My position is Security Analyst.
In reply to Please send me in Spanish , by Jose G
please,be aware that a scammer is working in full speed and scheming how to bilk innocent people of thousands of dollars,the number telephone they use is free..1-877-334-4872. they printed on a<> that i should pay $5,538.10.for"services rendered"..for "my car'.
i dont have a car,i dont drive and i dont have a license.this is a low of the low of how low people can stoop to steal from non-suspe3cting people.again the number is 1-877-334-4872. the usa goverment should put a stop to those thieves.they should pay heavy fines and be jailed for life. fbi,wake up
I got a email to call bout a claim I had then they said I already had Filed and wouldn't be getting any Thing, it seemed normal to me cause When my roof was took off they said The same thing
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