After the recent flooding in South Carolina, FEMA officers stepped in to evaluate damage and help members of the community repair and rebuild their communities. Unfortunately, scammers have taken advantage of this crisis to pose as FEMA officers and charge victims for their services.
Luckily, local authorities and government officials are aware of this fraudulent behavior and are telling local residents about the warning signs, and what to do if you suspect that a scammer is attempting to take advantage of a dire situation.
From law enforcement officials, a few tips for avoiding this type of vicious crime:
1. FEMA inspectors do not charge for services - if an "official" is trying to get you or a friend to pay them for their services, this is a scam.
2. FEMA inspectors have IDs that should always be displayed. If not, they will present them to you upon request. If they don't have an ID, don't believe them.
Always contact your local authorities if you believe something suspicious is going on, especially if officials are exhibiting suspect behavior.