Attorney General urges residents to beware of post-storm rebuilding scams

As communities across New Jersey recover from the devastating impact of Tropical Storm Ida, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and the Division of Consumer Affairs are urging residents to beware of scams related to ongoing post-storm rebuilding efforts.

“Natural disasters like Tropical Storm Ida create opportunities for scammers and con artists to prey on people made vulnerable by the storm’s impact,” said Bruck. “We’re committed to holding those who violate our laws accountable, and are reminding everyone to be on the lookout for fraud and know how to avoid it.”

From price gouging on goods and services and unscrupulous contractors, to bogus disaster-relief charities and the sale of flood-damaged vehicles, the aftermath of a natural disaster can be fraught with financial dangers, especially for those preoccupied with finding temporary housing, getting their property repaired, or helping out others in need.

“This storm has left people across New Jersey in a state of shock and uncertainty as they begin trying to recover from the damage and losses they suffered and that, unfortunately, makes them prime targets for scammers,” said Sean P. Neafsey, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The division stands ready to investigate and enforce the laws that protect consumers against price gouging, repair scams, charity scams, and other disaster-related fraud. But there is no greater protection against fraud than an educated, alert consumer, and we’re urging residents to be on the lookout for the kinds of exploitation most commonly seen after devastating storms.”

The Division of Consumer affairs has a number of resources available to help consumers avoid disaster-related scams in English and Spanish. The tips include:

The Division of Consumer Affairs offers the following tips on Spotting a Flood-Damaged Car. They include:

For more tips on how to spot and report disaster-related scams, consumers can visit Additional Tropical Storm Ida information and resources can be found at

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