The FEMA Fraud Investigations & Inspections Division flagged a trend they’re seeing in Louisiana, where some survivors appear frustrated or confrontational when visited by a FEMA inspector because they did not apply for assistance.
This could be caused by someone taking a survivor’s identity and creating a fraudulent disaster application.
For information on what to do if you suspect identity theft, please visit Identity Theft | FTC Consumer Information and/or IdentityTheft.gov.
Here are some things to remember about this process.
FEMA inspectors visit the homes of applicants that applied for certain types of FEMA assistance to assess damaged caused by a declared disaster.
All FEMA inspectors will have official FEMA I.D. Ask to see a FEMA inspector’s badge before providing personal information. FEMA inspectors will never ask you to give them money.
If a FEMA Inspector comes to your home and you did not submit a FEMA application, your information may have been used without your knowledge to create a FEMA application; if so, please inform the inspector that you did not apply for FEMA assistance so that they can submit a request to stop all further processing on the application. If you did not apply for assistance, but receive a letter from FEMA, please call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621- 3362. The helpline will submit a request to stop any further processing of that application.
If you do wish to apply for FEMA assistance after stopping an application made in your name without your knowledge, the Helpline will need to assist you in creating a new application. A fraudulent application could be a sign of identity theft.
For information on what to do if you suspect identity theft, please visit Identity Theft | FTC Consumer Information or IdentityTheft.gov.