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Beware Of Sandy-Related Scams [POLL/AUDIO]

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While residents at the Jersey Shore continue to pick up the fragments of their shattered lives, there is a new warning out there about scams that are targeting the most vulnerable.

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It is a difficult time for many and there are some who choose to prey on those who are struggling to make sense of the terrible tragedy that Hurricane Sandy left behind.

Phone calls. E-Mail’s. Even a knock on the door. Sergeant Cindy Boyd at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office says, lately there have been phony contractors and inspectors seeking your social security, bank account and credit card numbers. She says don’t fall for it, under any circumstance.

Boyd explains, “These people know full well that after a catastrophe like Sandy, not everyone is thinking clearly. They use that to their advantage.”

We all know never to give out our personal information, especially to solicitors – and if someone calls you claiming to be from a government agency or bank.

Boyd adds, “Be sure to play it safe especially while sifting through your property. They will come over and offer to help for a fee or sell you insurance you don’t need. Don’t fall for that.”

If an inspector does come to the door claiming to be a utility worker or from another organization and you didn’t ask them to come by, be sure to get identification and call the company to confirm they’ve sent someone. If you still feel threatened, call the police at once.

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