HURRICANE HARVEY, IRMA SCAMS: Fraudulent Callers Lie About Flood Insurance

By  //  September 12, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEOOne thing we’ve learned at the Federal Trade Commission is that scams often follow the news – especially when there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey or Irma, in the headlines.

One thing we’ve learned at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is that scams often follow the news – especially when there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey or Irma, in the headlines.

Case in point: Colleagues at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tell us homeowners and renters are getting robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due.

In order to have coverage for Hurricane Harvey, consumers are told they need to submit a payment immediately. Don’t do it. Instead, contact your insurance agent.

The agent who handles your homeowners or renters insurance policy could be the same agent who handles your flood insurance policy. If your agent can’t help you, contact your insurance company.

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If you have a policy with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP Direct), call 1-800-638-6620.

If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at 1-866-720-5721. Also report it to the FTC. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice and put an end to unfair and misleading business practices.

To learn more about flood insurance, visit fema.gov/nfip. To file a flood insurance claim, visit fema.gov/nfip-file-your-claim.

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