Fed urges flood victims to beware of fraud

Insist on seeing identification if loss verifier charges for inspection

As flood victims across the United States turn their energy and resources to cleaning up, repairing and replacing their damaged property, people with disrupted lives are an easy mark for con artists, according to The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A common scam occurs when a person poses as an inspector or loss verifier of flood-damaged property. Some of these “inspectors” charge a fee for what they do. Some may have official-looking identification that they use to get inside residents’ homes.