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How do I protect myself against fraud?
The National White Collar Crime Center identifies several types of disaster fraud specific to natural and man-made disasters. Types of disaster fraud to understand and be aware of include:
- Fraudulent Charitable Solicitations – This fraud involves people posing as both legitimate (e.g., Red Cross) and non-existent organizations with workers collecting money to assist with disaster relief.
- Price Gouging – During times of crisis, some businesses increase the prices of vital goods in demand or in limited supply, thereby increasing profit at the expense of the victims of the disaster.
- Contractor and Vendor Fraud – This happens when an individual poses as a contractor or repairman with no intention of actually repairing damages.
- Forgery – Commonly forged documents include insurance checks, reimbursement checks stolen from mailboxes, federal emergency assistance checks and building permits and receipts for claims submitted to insurance companies.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides resources to help consumers avoid post-disaster fraud:
- Consumer article: FTC Warns of Post-Disaster Potential for Home Repair Rip-Offs
- Consumer scam/fraud tips: Consumer Information
The County of Sonoma provides Local Consumer Alerts to inform and protect the public
Upheld.org is an advocacy organization offering a Roadmap to Recovery program to help disaster victims navigate their insurance policies.
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