Avoiding Scams and Frauds After a Disaster/During a Pandemic

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD AND SCAMS AFTER A DISASTER/DURING A PANDEMIC

Preparation: We may not always know when a severe weather event or other disastrous event may occur. It can help to try to prepare for events in case they do occur. The Federal Trade Commission has information on their website that includes how to prepare for a weather emergency. Households can feel more confident in how they will handle a disaster by making a plan and organizing their finances prior to a disaster. Specific information on what to do to prepare for disasters, information on disaster-related scams, and recovering after a disaster can be found here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/dealing-weather-emergencies.

Recognizing types of Scams: Staying alert and knowing how to recognize and avoid some common scams can help you protect your finances and your personal information. After any type of disaster, there are frauds and scams that can occur. Some common scams include:

The State of Connecticut has also sent out Press Releases on Stimulus Check Scams and Scam Alerts.

For more information on Disaster-related Scams and how to avoid them, visit the Federal Trade Commission website here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/dealing-weather-emergencies. There is additional information listed here including tips on how to be prepared prior to a disaster.

AVOIDING CORONAVIRUS SCAMS

The following information is provided by the Federal Trade Commission:

More information on Consumer advice regarding Coronavirus Scams can be found here: https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams-consumer-advice.

Be aware of Scams- Sign up for Scam Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission at Ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams. Visit the Better Business Bureau to view the scam tracker of scams reported here: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker.

RECOVERY

Anyone that has noticed a scam or feel that they are a victim of a scam or fraud should report the issue as soon as possible:

For victims of Identity Theft, Identitytheft.gov is a site where users can report identity theft and will get a personal recovery plan. Victims of disaster events should contact their creditors if needed: banks, credit cards, mortgages, utilities, etc.

SOURCES: Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Connecticut’s State Website (CT.gov)
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