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Posted on: June 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] SCAM ALERT!

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SCAM ALERT - Tornado Victims Receiving Fraudulent Calls From People Falsely Representing OH-TF1


(Dayton, OH)— Ohio Task Force 1 has received reports of tornado damage victims receiving fraudulent calls from repair and/or donation solicitors stating they represent Ohio Task Force 1.

OH-TF1 is a State and Federal Emergency Response Team and does not, in any way, solicit for funds from the public. In addition, OH-TF1 does not support or advertise for any repair or mitigation companies or organizations.

If tornado victims receive any such calls or personal visits, they should immediately report them to local law enforcement.

Phil Sinewe, Public Information Officer for OH-TF1 states “It is disheartening to hear of people trying to scam storm damage victims during this very difficult time. Of course it is even more disturbing when they fraudulently use the respected name of Ohio Task Force 1. Victims seeking help with damage repair should always be on the look-out for less than desirable contractors and companies. A storm of this magnitude is the perfect breeding ground for scammers and out-of-town contractors to swoop in and take advantage of victims during their time of need. Consumers should always check and confirm credentials of people soliciting either funds or repair work.”

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