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Posted on: January 4, 2022

FEMA Disaster Declaration: Beware of Fraud and Scams

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On December 21, 2021, the City of Pelham received the good news that FEMA had issued a disaster declaration for the October 6 flooding event.  The declaration allows flood victims to apply for individual assistance. Although many were relieved a declaration had been made, there's something we want our residents to know.

After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals often attempt to take advantage of disaster survivors. Here's some valuable information to keep in mind:

  • FEMA representatives will NEVER ask for money or payment in order to receive assistance.
  • FEMA representatives will never ask for money to assist with the filing of federal flood claims. 
  • FEMA employees will have an official, laminated federal photo ID with credentials prominently displayed.
  • FEMA inspectors and representatives will already have your application/registration number. Keep your number safe and do not share it with others.
  • FEMA inspectors cannot determine eligibility or dollar amounts for assistance.
  • Inspectors are not autorized to collect your personal financial information.
  • If someone who claims to be from FEMA asks for your bank information, it's fraud.
  • FEMA does not send building or repair contractors. The job of a FEMA housing inspector is to verify damage. FEMA does not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs.

If you feel you're a victim of a scam, contact the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff, or the Attorney General.

Ways to report suspected fraud:

EMAIL: StopFEMAfraud@fema.dhs.gov

CALL: 1-866-223-0814

FAX: 202-212-4926

For more information, click here: FEMA Fraud Facts


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