EPA warns California residents of fraudsters

Individuals posing as EPA officials are asking wildfire victims for financial info

Posted November 15, 2017

EPA is warning residents of Northern California to be on the alert. The Agency says it has received reports of people affected by the recent Northern California wildfires getting fraudulent calls from individuals posing as federal EPA staff asking for financial information or offering monetary grants. EPA stresses that it is not asking for personal information such as Social Security numbers or bank account numbers. The Agency is only contacting people regarding household hazardous waste collections.

Anyone contacted by someone claiming to be an EPA agent who asks for this personal information should call the EPA Inspector General’s hotline at (888) 546-8740 and the California Attorney General’s office at (800) 952-5225. Also, complaints should be filed at oag.ca.gov/complaint.

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