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Tornado victims report scam calls claiming to be with Ohio Task Force 1

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 11:48 AM

Multiple tornado victims have reported scam calls from people claiming to be with Ohio Task Force 1 and asking for donations or offering repair work, according to OH-TF1.

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The state and federal emergency response team does not ask for donations or advertise any repair companies.

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“It is disheartening to hear of people trying to scam storm damage victims during this very difficult time,” said Phil Sinewe, public information officer for OH-TF1. “Of course it is even more disturbing when they fraudulently use the respected name of OH-TF1.”

If anyone receives a call asking for donations or offering to help as an OH-TF1 representative, they should immediately report it to the police.

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“Victims seeking help with damage repair should always be on the look-out for less than desirable contractors and companies,” said Sinewe. “A storm of this magnitude is the perfect breeding ground for scammers and out-of-town contractors to swoop in and take advantage of victims during their time of need. Consumers should always check and confirm credentials of people soliciting either funds or repair work.”