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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 19, 2021

Scam Alert: Fraudsters May Seek to Exploit Texas Weather Disaster

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas is on alert for fraudsters seeking to profit off of the extreme weather in Texas, warned Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah.

Burst pipes, flooding, and other property damage stemming from this week’s storm may prompt unscrupulous actors to reach out to consumers with bogus insurance or home warranty information or nonexistent government grants, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“Time and time again, we’ve seen scammers exploit natural disasters for personal gain,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Shah. “The last thing beleaguered Texans need right now is to fall prey to fraud. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We urge consumers to exercise caution, especially when it comes to unsolicited calls, texts, or emails.”

Millions of people fall victims to scams every year. If you think you may have been preyed upon, please contact local law enforcement or submit a report to the Justice Department’s National Center for Disaster Fraud at 866-720-5721 or www.justice.gov/disastercomplaintform.

For more information on common phone and phishing scam tactics, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

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Disaster Fraud
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Contact: 
Erin Dooley Public Affairs 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated February 19, 2021