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FEMA Warns Somerset County Of Scam Artists

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CRISFIELD, Md. - Meet Alfred Parker. His home in Crisfield had three inches of water after Sandy.

"We want to spend the summer down here and I've got work to do now," said Parker.    

As he starts assessing damages, he's on the lookout for scam artists.

"Unfortunately, there's some folks out there that are less than honest," said Ron Roth, FEMA External Affairs Officer.    

FEMA officials say when repairing your home, it may be best to approach a contractor than to be approached by one.

"We realize that times are tough and contractors are out there trying to solicit work but ask very specific questions," said Roth. "[Such as] what's your phone number, what's your business address [and] can I see your contractor's license."

While there haven't been any reports of construction scams at this point, FEMA has said there have been some identity theft scams in the past.  That's when a person dresses up like FEMA, goes up to a residence, knocks on their door and asks for personal information.    

Parker tells WMDT he hasn't fallen victim to these crimes, because he lives primarily in New York.  But he hopes to move back into his Crisfield home soon.

"Every time I come down here now we have to stay at a hotel," said Parker. "I mean you can't breathe all this mold and mildew in and expect to stay healthy."

FEMA also warns disaster funds should be used for their intended purpose. If you spend money on anything other than what their letter tells you, additional assistance may not be available.

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