We have been getting reports of people with addresses in hurricane relief zones are being targeted for FEMA fraud.
The Fraudsters are using stolen identities in these areas to file false claims. If you get a letter from FEMA that you have applied for relief, and you did not, please contact the Office of Inspector General at 1-800-323-8603 toll free or fill out their web form at https://hotline.oig.dhs.gov/hotline/hotline.php and report the false claim.
Here is a very good resource as well!
Call the Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866.720.5721
While it may be easy to point the finger at Equifax for the breach of the needed information to fill out a claim, many other breaches and identity thefts could have also contributed to this current problem. We do not know where or what of what combination of previous breaches this information has come from.
All the information needed to file a false claim is your name, date of birth, social security number and address.
Security always matters.