FEMA warns hurricane victims of fake contractors

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DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (WDHN) — As recovery from Hurricane Michael continues, it is important to know that fraudulent contractors are on the prowl.

“They coming in just to get the business owners’ money, and then they leave them with big messes to clean up when they leave,” said Tammy Stanley, local business owner.

You might see signs in your own neighborhood, many of the imposter contractors are even telling local residents they were sent by FEMA.
“If a FEMA inspector comes to your home, first, they are going to have a photo ID,” said Gerard Hammink, FEMA media specialist. “They are also not going to ask for your personal information.”
A FEMA inspector will never ask for your social security, banking information or any type of money.

“If they ask for it, they probably are not really a FEMA Inspector,” said Gerard Hammock. “The Disaster Recovery Centers are still open in Southwest Georgia. People who have been affected by Hurricane Michael have until Dec. 13 to register with FEMA.”
To stop fraud after Hurricane Michael call the fraud hotline at 866-720-5721.

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