CLARKSVILLE TN. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Tennessee to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 9, 2023.
While this declaration makes federal funds available to affected residents, it also opens up the possibility of new scams. Scammers have been known to impersonate FEMA employees to collect personal information from natural disaster victims and steal their identities.
On their website, FEMA recommends these 5 tips to protect yourself from disaster fraud:
- DHS, FEMA, SBA and other federal agencies will NEVER charge you for disaster assistance.
- Always ask to see I.D. FEMA personnel will always have an official identification badge.
- DO NOT offer any personal information unless you are speaking with a verified FEMA representative.
- Stay tuned to trusted local media for updates from local officials on disaster fraud and scams.
- Check with local law enforcement to ensure your identity is protected.
To speak with a FEMA representative about disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or register online at disasterassistance.gov
For more information on how to avoid 'storm chaser' scams, click here.