FTC Warns Consumers of Hurricane Harvey Robocall Flood Insurance Scams

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 1, 2017 | 10:19 AM EDT

FTC warns scammers are exploiting Hurricane Harvey

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about a flood insurance scam targeting those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 “Scams often follow the news – especially when there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, in the headlines,” the FTC warns.

The FTC says homeowners and renters are getting fraudulent robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due:

“Colleagues at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tell us homeowners and renters are getting robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due. In order to have coverage for Hurricane Harvey, consumers are told they need to submit a payment immediately.

Don’t do it. Instead, contact your insurance agent.”

Technology has made these scam robocalls more frequent – and harder to police – the FTC says:

 “We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information.”

Consumers are urged to contact the FTC and report any flood insurance scams they encounter. The video below explains how to file a complaint.

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