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Warning! Scammers targeting Hurricane Sandy victims, city sez • Brooklyn Paper

Warning! Scammers targeting Hurricane Sandy victims, city sez

It never ends: Brooklynites still struggling to rebuild four years after Hurricane Sandy are now being targeted by scammers, city officials are warning.
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Fraudsters are taking advantage of Hurricane Sandy victims by pretending to be recovery workers, officials are warning.

The scammers are calling Brooklynites, pretending to be part of the city’s Build It Back program, and asking for sensitive personal information, a spokesman for the federally funded, city-run effort said. The city is investigating and encouraging anyone who has received calls to drop a dime, a program honcho said.

“Build It Back and the Department of Investigation work together to combat fraud targeting our homeowners,” said Amy Peterson. “The city takes these issues very seriously.”

If homeowners suspect suspicious activity, they should report it directly to the New York City Department of Investigation’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fraud Hotline at (212) 825–5959.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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