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California Wildfire Victims Get Extra Time for Medicare Open Enrollment:
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As You Rebuild, Protect Yourself Against Scams
Wildfires have devastated many California communities. And now that you are busy rebuilding, scammers are just as busy thinking of ways to steal from you. They will stop at nothing to take advantage of the people affected. AARP California wants to help. Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network for up-to-date information and resources to help you avoid disaster related frauds. Be wary of contractors who pressure you to sign over your insurance or FEMA benefits; be skeptical of those promising grants for a fee and check out anyone soliciting for donations. If you’re donating to help wildfire victims, be sure to you know how to spot fake charities.
IF YOU SUSPECT FRAUD, YOU CAN REPORT IT BY CALLING THE DISASTER FRAUD HOTLINE AT (866) 720-5721 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unscrupulous contractors are conning residents into surrendering their home insurance policy claim rights and benefits. In the wake of the Camp and Woolsey fires, these instances are sure to grow. Do NOT sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) until you have done background checks on contractors.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN AN AOB IN ORDER TO HAVE WORK DONE ON YOUR HOUSE!
Getting Your Power From A Generator? Stay Safe!
Getting backup power from a portable electric generator can be a big help in an emergency. Stay safe with these tips.