State To Silver Fire Victims: Watch Out For Scams
CABAZON - State insurance department employees and law enforcement agencies are working to help those affected by the Silver Fire avoid scams.
Fraud detectives and the California Department of Insurance's Disaster and Recovery Team are working with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and other agencies to distribute fliers and booklets with tips on avoiding scams, insurance fraud, and solicitations by unlicensed contractors and insurance adjusters, according to the DOI.
``Our teams have dealt with disasters and know how overwhelming recovery can be for fire victims,'' said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.
``Taking time to speak with residents and answer individual questions about insurance, unlicensed contractors, and the scams that prey on homeowners can help calm nerves and head off potential rip-offs.''
DOI fraud officers are going door-to-door to speak with residents in Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Snow Creek and lower Cabazon. Over the next few weeks, a fraud task force will focus on preventing and identifying potential scams, according to the insurance department.
Residents should report suspicious activity, including contractors and insurance adjusters that do not provide a current license, demand large deposits or pressure them into signing contracts. They should also call the insurance department if they think their insurer isn't being responsive or
handling their claim appropriately.
The insurance department's consumer services number is (800) 927-4357.