As bad as it sounds there are people who take advantage of others during natural disasters like Hurricane Florence by using fake advertising to get people's information and use it for their own personal gain.
While there are people and organizations who want to genuinely help you want to make sure that you avoid these types of scams:
- Fake rental listings - Make sure you see rentals in person before you hand voer any money. Make sure you don't give out any monetary details like your credit card or bank info just to find a temporary place.
- Fake contractors - Make sure you check for a licensed and insured contractor. Don't work with anyone who says they have a FEMA "endorsement," because FEMA doesn't certify contractors. Always pay for work after it is finished.
- Fake charities - There are ACTUAL companies and people who use fake websites to pose as legitimate charities! Make sure you type in the right web addresses and ask for details if someone reaches out to you.
- Clickbait - Make sure that the stories you share from an affected area are actually credible and real! Tons of spam and fake news stories get spread after natural disasters!