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Authorities Warn Residents of Potential Scam Following Flooding

Updated: 08/18/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 10:34 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Authorities in the south metro are warning residents of the potential to be scammed following a spring and summer of flooding.

Gov. Mark Dayton secured a major disaster declaration for several counties in Minnesota, and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been crisscrossing the state to assess damage to public property.

Under a presidential disaster declaration, FEMA funds 75 percent of approved costs, and the state will fund the non-federal share. The funds cover debris removal, emergency service and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities.

However, there has not been a federal individual assistance declaration at this time.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office is encouraging Minnesotans to be aware.

Past disasters have led to people posing as FEMA employees and telling residents they can receive personal financial assistance if they provide their Social Security and bank information, authorities say.

Official FEMA staff would not ask for that information, authorities say. If anyone does ask you for that information, notify law enforcement.

State homeowners affected by flooding can find information and resources from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

For information on the types of disaster declarations from FEMA, look here.


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