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Scammers Target COVID 19 Victims in Plot to Steal Funeral Reimbursement Money

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Ed Michael Reggie with Funeralocity said scammers are making these calls after scanning the obituaries. Scammers are capitalizing on that by making calls to people pretending to be with the FEMA program.

Once the scammer identifies a target, they will call that person and try to get the personal information FEMA requires to fill out the reimbursement forms. With that information, the scammer can get the reimbursement money sent to them instead of the family in need. Source abc11.com

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If you have any doubt about the caller, FEMA says to hang up and make the call directly to FEMA yourself. Besides scam calls, you also have to beware of fraudulent emails making the same claim. FEMA does have a warning on its website, and states its representatives will never contact anyone until they have called FEMA or have applied for assistance.

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