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Learn how to spot scams along the road to disaster recovery.
The aftermath of severe weather can bring out the best in people. But they also create opportunities for fraud that preys us when we’re most vulnerable. Identity theft, fake disaster-relief payments, and solicitations for scam charities become all too common.
Fraudsters pose as government officials, contractors, repair workers, or insurance adjusters to mask their identities and their intentions. They contact potential victims with email, SMS, and phone calls—even making unsolicited in-person visits. Disaster scams take many forms, but their goals are similar.
Fraudsters will create fake charities to solicit funds during natural disasters. Always check the legitimacy or the charity through its official website or the National Association of State Charity Officials.
Fraudsters often pressure their victims into immediate action to achieve faster relief or avoid negative consequences. Before providing information, always verify their intent with the company or agency they claim to represent—and make sure that company is also legit.
Fraudsters always seek to gather more information on their potential victims. This can include an address, Social Security number, account numbers, insurance policies, or PINs.
Never provide details during an unsolicited contact. Always verify their intent with the company or agency they claim to represent—and make sure that company is also legit.
One tell-tale sign of fraud is a message riddled with grammatical errors. Look for incorrect word or tense usage, misspellings, or missing or incorrect punctuation.
For more information on how to identify and report fraud, you’ll find everything you need at Truist Fraud & Security.
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