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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, today urged Oklahoma residents and businesses to be aware of the potential for fraud in the aftermath of the recent devastating tornados. The United States Attorney’s Office, along with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), wants to remind the public that anyone can report fraud involving disaster relief operations through the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721 or the Disaster Fraud e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"I urge everyone to exercise caution and due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of tornado victims," said United States Attorney Coats. "Regrettably, there are people out there that will take advantage of this tragedy and your generosity for their own profit. Scams come in all forms - such as email, phone calls, or mail solicitations. Be vigilant and cautious to whom you are giving your personal information, and if it’s not a well-known, reputable charity, please do some research before making a contribution."
Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud by a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of tornado victims, if you discover fraudulent disaster relief claims submitted by a person or organization, or if you know about or suspect fraud involving disaster relief operations, you can report it through the National Disaster Fraud Hotline, toll free, at (866) 720-5721 or the Disaster Fraud e-mail at email@example.com. The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
"Investigators and prosecutors are ready to respond to credible allegations of fraud and abuse," said U.S. Attorney Coats. "If you suspect fraud, please report it."