Disaster Fraud Alert

Imposters who falsely claim to represent FEMA and the American Red Cross are trying to take advantage of victims of the severe storms and tornadoes in Alabama.

They are requesting payment for services such as debris removal and mold inspection that are available for free.

There are measures you can take to protect yourself from these dishonest people:

  • Beware of "FEMA Certified"
  • Get a written estimate
  • Check references
  • Ask for proof of insurance
  • Insist on a written contract
  • Use reliable, licensed
  • Insist on written contract
  • Get any guarantees in writing
  • Obtain a local building permit
  • Make final payments when the work in completed
  • Pay by check; avoid on the spot cash payment.
  • Use the “cooling off” period, if needed.

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