Brace for Hurricane Matthew… and Scammers to Follow
As the south Atlantic coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew, North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper is already taking measures to protect residents from potential scam artists. The aftermath of severe storms, like Hurricane Matthew, is accompanied by scammers hoping to capitalize on vulnerable storm victims.
Cooper advised that “Serious storms like Matthew can sweep in scam artists looking to take advantage of a crisis. Be extra vigilant in watching for fraud and storm scams over the next few days.”
When repairing your home or business following a storm, it’s important to take appropriate measures to ensure you protect your property and your wallet.
To avoid scams, Cooper’s office warns:
- If the storm damages your property, contact your insurance company
- Don’t pay for work up front
- Beware those claiming to be FEMA endorsed
- Do not share personal information with anyone you don’t know who contacts you.
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