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Attorney General Warns Oregonians Of Disaster-Related Scams Expected In The Next Few Days
Other types of illegal activities will surface over the next few weeks
Attorney General Hardy Myers today warned Oregonians of the types of scams to expect in the next few days as flood waters continue to rise and more heavy rains are expected over the weekend. He also alerted residents to the disaster con artists that will arrive after the rains stop and the water starts to recede.
"As courageous volunteers rush to the aid of neighbors and residents of their communities during this week's flooding, the Oregon Department of Justice would be negligent if it did not warn citizens of con artists, who will attempt to scam those already devastated by personal losses," Myers said.
"As communities pull together and we see an increase in cooperation, we also will see an increase in fraudulent activities. We want consumers to recognize these unscrupulous attempts to take their money in the wake of a terrible situation and report them to authorities immediately."
Consumers and businesses may report suspect activity by calling the Attorney General's hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only), or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. Complaints can be filed online at www.doj.state.or.us. Hotline hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
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