Beware of Individuals Posing as FEMA Officials

Contact: State Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer, 517-284-3882

June 27, 2017

The Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division warns of individuals posing as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives going door-to-door. Federal officials are not going door to door in the counties affected by the flooding at this time.

If there is any doubt, do not give out any information, and report people claiming to be government workers to local authorities. To safeguard against disaster-related fraud, FEMA officials recommend the following precautions:

  • Federal workers do not solicit or accept money.
  • Ask for official laminated photo ID. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not absolute proof of identity.
  • Safeguard personal information. Do not give personal information such as Social Security and bank account numbers unless you initiate the call.
  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People going door-to-door to damaged homes, or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be scam artists, especially if they solicit financial information.

Suspicious activity should be reported to local authorities or to the FEMA Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Hotline at 800-323-8603 or TTY 844-889-4357 or e-mail FEMA-OCSO-Tipline@fema.dhs.gov.

For additional safety tips, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miready.

Citizens can check road conditions at www.michigan.gov/drive.

The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date disaster information.