FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Police are warning residents of possible scammers who might try to take advantage of homeowners making repairs after Hurricane Sandy.
“We don’t want people to be re-victimized,” Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said Wednesday.
Police have not received any reports of fraud related to Hurricane Sandy as of Wednesday afternoon. But MacNamara said his officers are concerned that people may begin trying to take advantage of rebuilding efforts.
MacNamara offered two examples of potential scams that may come out of the storm. One would be people who claim to be contractors, who ask for deposits in advance and will only take cash. Another is those who claim they can speed up the federal assistance reimbursement process for a fee.
Fairfield and the rest of southern Connecticut has been approved for federal aid, but residents must register directly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week. To register online, applications may be completed at FEMA's website.