Constituents should stay alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control for updated and accurate information regarding these scams.
Guidelines to protect yourself from fraud:
- Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.
- In person, ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. National Flood Insurance Program adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.
- If you suspect fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-720-5721, or email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the National Center for Disaster Fraud at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.
Constituents are also encouraged to notify local authorities to cases of lawlessness or violence, especially in hurricane shelters. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious/criminal activity in other cases:
- Florida: 1-855-352-7233
- Puetro Rico: 787-343-2020 or your local FBI office at 787-754-6000
- U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas: 519-631-1224
St. John: 340-693-8880
St. Croix: 340-778-4950