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Be Smart - Know How to Avoid Scams

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

While many unite for community restoration during emergencies, others take advantage of survivors when they’re most vulnerable. From crooks posing as repair experts to hustlers pocketing GoFundMe donations, scammers know no bounds. Fortunately, with thorough research, strategic investigations, and proper vendor vetting, disaster-related scams can be avoided. With warmer weather comes an increased potential for natural disasters, and now is the time to remain vigilant to protect your ministry.

Common scams to avoid: - Construction scams - FEMA scams - Charity scams

Key tips: - If you have already vetted and selected a restoration company, you will know exactly whom to call when disaster strikes. - Look into charities that are endorsed by state and local authorities, such as hospitals, and community not-for-profit organizations, such as food banks.


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