TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warns Floridians to beware of storm-related fraud and scams following the impacts of Tropical Storm Eta. The CFO’s Fraud Free Florida website serves as a one-stop-shop to report fraud and learn about ways to avoid scams.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Tropical Storm Eta made its second landfall in the state yesterday morning along Florida’s West Coast near Cedar Key causing dangerous storm surge and flooding in many Florida communities. Following any disaster, scam artists are working overtime to defraud individuals in their time of need. I encourage all Floridians to be on the lookout for bad actors trying to make a buck off of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Eta. Always verify the license of contractors prior to hiring them to ensure they are registered to conduct business in Florida. Be wary of offers for post-storm repairs or services that require a cash payment and always remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you or a loved one believes you have fallen victim to a post-storm scam, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”