Scam Artists May Be Lurking

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February 14, 2009
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Watch out for people who try to scam you, warn the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"Be alert to anyone who claims to be a FEMA representative and is seeking or offering services but cannot produce a FEMA identification (ID) badge," says Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Moore. "Anyone associated with FEMA always has a picture ID, and residents should feel free to ask to see it." 

ADEM also provides its employees with ID badges. "We are asking residents to be mindful of those who seek to deceive businesses and individuals," State Coordinating Officer Rich Griffin said. "Never give out personal information and beware of those saying ADEM or FEMA will pay for a service." 

If someone claims to represent FEMA or the state and cannot produce the badge, contact your local law enforcement officials.

There is never a charge for any FEMA program or service. The best defense against scam artists and fraudulent contractors is a well-informed public.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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