Disaster Relief Fraud

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 18:51

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2012
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

Disaster Relief Fraud

PULLMAN – The Pullman Police Department wishes to remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster.  In the wake of natural disasters, many individuals feel moved to contribute to victim assistance programs and organizations across the country.  We remind the public to apply a critical eye and do due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of hurricane victims.  Solicitations can originate as emails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings, telephone calls and similar methods.  Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud by a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of hurricane victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at 866-720-5721, fax at (225) 334-4707, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The hotline is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of disasters.  You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

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