State and federal disaster recovery officials are warning North Carolinians to be careful as scam artists are pretending to be federal agents and then robbing residents.
The Rockingham Sheriff’s Office has reported thieves who pose as FEMA agents in order to rob residents.
Last month, Gov. Pat McCrory received federal financial assistance to help nine central North Carolina counties recover some of the costs associated with the March 6-7 winter storm. Aid was approved to help cover the costs of storm debris removal and other storm response activities in Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph counties.
There was not enough uninsured or underinsured damage incurred by individuals or business owners to qualify for federal or state aid for those storms, according to a news release from the Department of Public Safety.
Robbers may pretend to be employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other government agencies or public utilities and try to obtain personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers, or, as in the Rockingham County reports, to rob a homeowner.
Authorities reminded North Carolinians that a FEMA shirt or jacket is not absolute proof of someone’s affiliation with the agency. All authorized FEMA personnel display a laminated photo identification card, which they are required to wear at all times.