Monday, August 29, 2011

Fraud in the Wake of Hurricane Irene

Whenever there is a large storm that causes widespread property damage, there are always people who then attempt to profit from fraud in the aftermath.

Although insurance fraud is a commonly cited example in these sorts of cases, it is far from the only fraud that takes place.

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has asked that residents report suspected scams via their telephone hotline.

State officials warn consumers to watch out for opportunistic frauds by fraudulent contractors offering to repair tree removal and home repair services, among others.

"In a crisis atmosphere where so much needs to be done as quickly as possible, it may be difficult to take time to review offers thoroughly," said [VDACS Commissioner Matthew] Lohr, “but the extra effort will pay off in the long run." - http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-staffing-at-state-fraud-hotline-20110829,0,1835113.story

Although areas affected by the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Irene want to get their homes and communities back to normal as soon as possible, it is advisable to be wary of unscrupulous individuals.

During periods of recovery, when you are a contractor, there is always the risk of having your business unfairly accused of fraud.

In addition to the stigma of such an accusation, you are set back in terms of time, energy, and resources. Peter J. Scuderi is a Philadelphia Fraud Lawyer that specializes in representing those charged with all kinds of fraud and fraud-related charges.

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