and Resources to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
As Vermont knows all too well a powerful tropical storm or
touching down on our soil can cause unprecedented damage.
Weather reports have indicated that Hurricane Sandy may touch
down in Vermont next week. Be prepared before the
storm hits by being knowledgable about the resources and the
available to you. The links along the sidebar are resources
for disaster recovery. For consumer
information, questions or concerns about transactions with businesses
and consumer fraud, email
CAP or call 800-649-2424. For other assistance,
Scams can take many forms, here are some areas to watch:
and Report Home Improvement Fraud
Workers without business credentials soliciting consumers at their home
that may offer to restore damages immediately. They require
payment and then never return to do the work. Always check out a
business, get contracts in writing, and do not pay in full in advance.
For more information on how to avoid Home Improvement Fraud, visit our Home
page, or email
us for more information. To report Home Improvement
Fraud, contact your local
law enforcement agency or file
a complaint with CAP.
Phony Relief Help scams
Beware of "FEMA" scams. These include fraudulent
inspectors that request fees for service, administrative personal that
call to 'verify' your information which are actually phishing for your
personal information, and organizations that claim, for a fee, they can
speed up your FEMA relief. To help verify the authenticity of
a FEMA agent, contact your local law
agency., and connect with FEMA through United Way's 211
Hotline - Just dial 211 on your Vermont phone.
Beware of phony storm relief "charities" calling to solicit funds.
Any legitimate charity will be able to send you information
mail. Consumers should not provide bank account or payment
information over the phone to any caller unless the consumer is sure of
the source of the call.
Any charity that has hired a paid
fundraiser to solicit funds in Vermont must be registered with the
Vermont Attorney General's office. You can find registered
fundraiser information on our Charities
Report Price Gouging
If you are concerned about a sudden increase in pricing for goods or
services needed for recovery efforts, file a complaint
with CAP. In the wake of a market emergency, the Attorney
General's Office reviews price
What is CAP?
of the Attorney General's
Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) helps Vermonters solve disputes with
businesses, protect themselves from fraud and
access available services.
In partnership with UVM,
a consumer hotline, mediates
consumer disputes with businesses, tracks
fraud and scam complaints and recovers thousands
of dollars yearly for consumers.
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