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Scams Target Flood Victims

The Sioux City Police Department has received reports of con artists contacting those impacted by the flood posing as cell phone carriers. The scam is an attempt to obtain victims credit card and bank account numbers by "verifying" payment methods. 

The Con Artist tells the vicitm that their cell phone payment did not go through and needs to be resubmitted. Once credit card or debit card information is obtained, charges are made or the bank account emptied. The scam is mainly targeting those in the Dakota Dunes area now that they are receiving national attention. This and other scams are expected to expand to other areas affected by the rising waters.

The SCPD and area Law Enforcement agencies want to remind people that they should never give out their credit card numbers or other personal information to an unsolicited caller. Cell phone companies contact customers via text message and email to notify them of issues with their account. Scams are also expected to increase after the waters recede. 

 


Scams that are typically seen after a disaster include false charities, companies that assist in obtaining disaster relief for victims, and contractor scams. False charities will solicit funds for victims under a new charity name or may claim to be from a known organization. They may call or go door to door asking for donations. Do not trust unsolicited calls or collections at your door. If you wish to make a donation, contact the organization via phone numbers and email addresses that are published in the phone book or on their websites. 

Some con artists pose as FEMA agents or companies that help victims obtain disaster relief funds. They will ask for money to secure the loans or grants. FEMA deals directly with the victim after the victim contacts them. FEMA will not call vicitms first to offer assistance. Information for disaster assistance and how to contact FEMA can be found at their website http://www.fema.gov.

 

Families should also be cautious when dealing with contractors that assist in preparation or recovery efforts.  Use only reputable companies and contractors. When hiring a contractor, get everything in writing and never pay for services up front. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints about the contractor. 

Con artists pray on people during their most vulnerable times. It is important that people stay vigilant and report scams or suspicious persons to their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

Sioux City Police Department

601 Douglas St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

phone: 712-279-6440
fax: 712-279-6148

csheehan@sioux-city.org

To Report a Non-Emergency Crime or Accident
712/279-6960

Victim Advocacy Program or 
Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator
at 712-279-6398 or 
the Council's web site.

PROJECT LIFESAVER - IOWA

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that provides a tracking system
to locate individuals who have
the tendency to wander and become lost.

Project Lifesaver International

or contact Rita Donnelly 712-279-6424
rdonnelly@sioux-city.org