Fraud Awareness Week

Fraud Awareness Week is near! Educate yourself on how to protect yourself against fraud. We added new shareable graphics and tips to share to your residents on Neighbors.

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How To Report Scams!


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"Here’s a short, step by step video on how to report fraud!" 


Real Or Fake?



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“How do I know if a FEMA representative is legitimate?

If you’re meeting a FEMA representative in person, ask to see their identification badge. All federal employees carry official, laminated photo IDs. FEMA shirts, hats and jackets do not make them official. No federal government disaster assistance agency will call you to ask for your financial account information. If you’re unsure whether someone claiming to be a FEMA representative is legitimate, say you are hanging up and call the main FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak about the incident."

Source: FEMA

Disaster Recovery Fraud Tips



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“After natural disasters, unlicensed contractors and scammers may appear with promises of quick repairs, clean-up, and debris removal. Some may demand upfront payment and not do the work, claim you’ll get a discount but quote outrageous prices, or lack needed skills. Before anyone starts work:

-Check them out.Ask for IDs, licenses, proof of insurance, and references. Check if their local contact information is on their trucks. Check with state and local consumer protection offices for complaints.

-Get more than one estimate.Ask people you trust for recommendations.

-Read the contract carefully.Make sure all promises are in writing and that you understand what you’re signing.

-Never pay in cash.And never make the final payment until the work is done and you’re satisfied with it.“

For help regarding disaster recovery fraud, contact the Department of Justice's Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or email“

Source: Federal Trade Commission

Watch Out For Charity Scammers!



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“Charity fraud schemes seek donations for organizations that do little or no work—instead, the money goes to the fake charity’s creator.

Charity fraud scams can come to you in many forms: emails, social media posts, crowdfunding platforms, cold calls, etc. Always use caution and do your research when you're looking to donate to charitable causes.“

Source: FraudWatch International

How to Protect Yourself From Common Scams



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"Criminals and con artists use many scams to target unsuspecting people who have access to money. Consumer scams happen on the phone, through the mail, e-mail, or over the internet. They can occur in person, at home, or at a business.

Apart from tips shown, you can put your number on the National Do Not Call Registry at or call (888) 382-1222.“

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Warning Signs Of A Possible Scam



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"There are several signs that indicate you might be dealing with a scammer. Remember that if something doesn't seem right, you can always hang up or walk away. Scammers often want you to make a quick decision without thinking about it. Slow down, do your own research about the offer or consult with someone you trust.

To report a scam you can submit a claim with the Federal Trade Commission at

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Señales Clásicas de Advertencia de una Posible Estafa



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“Hay varias señales que te indican que podrías estar tratando con un estafador. Recuerda que si algo no te parece bien, siempre puedes colgar o marcharte. Los estafadores a menudo quieren que tomes una decisión rápida sin pensarlo. Reduzca la velocidad, haga su propia investigación sobre la oferta o consulte con alguien de su confianza.

Para denunciar una estafa, puede presentar un reclamo ante la Comisión Federal de Comercio en"

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


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