After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to take advantage of disaster survivors. Federal and state emergency management officials urge residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity. In West Virginia, the registration period for residents who suffered damage due to late February flooding ended on July 19, 2021. Beware of anyone offering to register you for FEMA assistance after that date. When a disaster strikes, dishonest people and scam artists may try to take advantage of survivors by posing as FEMA representatives or other official disaster aid workers. They may even pose as relatives “just trying to help” survivors complete their applications when they are only interested in using a survivor for their own benefit. Some so-called contractors make promises they don’t keep and do shoddy work or no work at all while pocketing a survivor’s money.