Insurance Scams Hurricane Irma What to look out for

Hurricane Irma caused devastation in Florida and much more along the way. While we are still in recovery mode but at least just about everyone has their electricity back and are finding a way to return to a normal routine that Irma so fiercely disrupted. Once the storm is over its time to access the damages for your home and call your insurance company. Once an agent gives you an assessment of the damages and the money for repairs, your next step is just as important, finding someone to do the repairs.

Be Aware!! There are many scammers out there wanting your insurance money that you worked so hard by making monthly payments for. You want to make sure that the people who are going to repair say your roof does the job they are hired for and it will pass inspection.

See the following helpful articles to avoid being scammed.

Florida officials warn about insurance fraud after Irma

From Article – “If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is and could be fraud,” said state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “Opportunistic scammers may attempt to defraud Floridians following Hurricane Irma, and I encourage all Floridians to be vigilant in guarding against fraud. Consumers should report suspicious activity ASAP by calling 1-877-693-5236.”

FEMA warns of fraudsters, scams after Hurricane Irma

From article – “Instances of scams and fraud are common after major natural disasters as opportunists rush to capitalize on dire situations.”

How to protect yourself from hurricane repair scams

Advice from the Better Business Bureau – “If someone shows up at your house unannounced and claims to be an insurance adjuster, do not invite them into your home. Ask for company ID. If they don’t have any, ask them to leave your property and shut the door.” -Katherine Hutt, Better Business Bureau

Please contact us if you have any questions,

Buget Bi Rite Insurance, Inc

863-453-3909

 

 

 

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