NORTH NAPLES, Fla. Multiple Southwest Florida residents have been victims of identity fraud after Hurricane Irma.
At least five Collier County residents realized someone else was using their social security number to receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The U.S. Department of Justice started the National Center for Disaster Fraud after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and have since received over 70,000 complaints.
MORE: FEMA Assistance Scam
Here are the steps to take if you’re a victim of identity theft:
- Call the FEMA fraud hotline at 800-323-8603.
- Call the U.S. Department of Justice fraud hotline at 866-720-5721.
- File a police report.
- Freeze your accounts with the Three Credit Bureaus.