NJ warns of scam targeting flood victims

In this photograph taken Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, homes sit in muddy water in Little Falls, N.J., as areas of northern New Jersey are still flooded as a result of Hurricane Irene. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

September 14, 2011 7:28:06 AM PDT
Consumer affairs officials are warning flood victims in New Jersey to beware of a scam.

Homeowners in Little Falls received a "Financial Recovery Awards" letter in which the "Payment Security Administration" told recipients they'll receive up to $27,500.

Recipients are asked to mail a "processing fee" of $29.97 to Canada.

State Consumer Affairs Director Thomas Calcagni says those who reply are giving an unknown person access to their bank account or credit card information.

Calcagni says anyone who has received the mailing should contact the Consumer Affairs Division.


ONLINE: NJ Consumer Affairs Division