Ways to avoid Hurricane Ian related scams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — While the aftermath of a natural disaster can bring out the best in people in working together, it could also bring out the worst in others.

The Better Business Bureau and other consumer agencies are warning of multiple scams also known as storm chasers taking taking advantage of the disaster, by coming up with ploys to take your money.

Frank O’Brien, of The American Property Casualty Insurance Association, said if you’re planning on donating to Hurricane Ian relief, make sure do so with well known and reputable organizations, such as The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

“You know them you know their reputation you know they’re not going to give you the hard sell. If your antenna goes up and you’re not sure, don’t do it,” O’Brien said.

Other scams can also happen at the site of destruction.

O’Brien said people pose as contractors making false promises of quick services and demanding cash up front.

He said if you have affected family members, make sure they call their insurance agent before they address any damage to their homes.

“We have 1-800 numbers there are a lot of ways to get in touch with us. A number of companies are setting up insurance villages. This is what you buy insurance for this is why we’re here,” O’Brien said.

The Better Business Bureau also has a scam tracker where you can view a list of scams and report others you’ve noticed.

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