Fema sees a surge in fraudulent wildfire claims

Following the devastating California wildfires Fema says there has been a surge of fraudulent registration applications for financial assistance.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 5:58 PM

Following the devastating California wildfires Fema says there has been a surge of fraudulent registration applications for financial assistance.

Action News Now spoke to a Fema representative this afternoon who said they were made aware of the fraud after they received notifications from people who were contacted by Fema inspectors even though they hadn't registered for assistance.

If individuals were receiving an inspection then it's possible someone else had fraudulently registered on their behalf without their knowledge.

Fema says they've seen fraudulent claims in the past but this seems to be a bit different.

Brandi Richard from Fema says, "Just the numbers of people who have registered over and above what we believe the number of registrations for that particular disaster will be, and so we have teams that go out and look at damages and determine this is how many registrations we believe we should see in a specific area."

Richard says if you suspect your personal information has been compromised immediately get in touch with Fema at 800-621-3362.

You can also visit the nearest disaster recovery center to report your suspicions.

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