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VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten warned Ventura County Residents to be aware of possible scams involving fraudulent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. Following the fires in Northern California, some victims discovered that their personal identifying information was used to file fraudulent FEMA applications. When they attempted to apply for FEMA assistance, they learned that someone had already applied using their name. Others who had not filed appplicatioons for assistance reported that FEMA-affiliated inspectors came to their homes to ask about their applications.
Residents should be aware that FEMA will not send inspectors to your residence unless you have filed an application for assistance. FEMA inspectors will not collect personal identifying information or bank account information at your residence. This information will only be requested when a person fills out the application online or at a Local Assistance Center. In addition, all FEMA employees and contractors will have federally-issued photo identification badges.
If an individual shows up at your home to conduct a FEMA inspection, and you have not filed an application for assistance, FEMA requests that you immediately contact the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, at (800)323-8603 or www.oig.dhs.gov
If you file an application for assistance, but find that someone has already filed an application in your name, FEMA requests that you call the Disaster Fraud Line at (866)720-5721.
If you have been a victim of a FEMA scam, you may also be a victim of identity theft. It is recommended that you report identity theft to your local police department. In addition, you should contact the three major credit bureaus, Equifax at (800)525-6285, Experian at (888)397-3742, and TransUnion at (800)680-7289, and consider a credit monitoring service or a credit freeze for protection against new accounts being opened in your name. For additional information on what to do if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, visit the California Attorney General’s website at https://oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/victim-checklist