NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has a warning to anyone who's dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine.
According to the department's Facebook page, callers are claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are demanding a deposit for storm damages.
Florida’s CFO Jeff Atwater’s office is also investigating allegations of fraud. Reports suggest people posing as federal officials demanding cash. In some cases they're asking storm victims to pay $150 to help residents fill out FEMA claims.
Government officials are reminding homeowners federal employees and insurance company representatives carry official identification, and no one should give away personal information without verifying the identification first.