Horne warns about fraud and scams involving wildfires
Attorney General Tom Horne has issued a warning Thursday advising people to be wary of consumer scams and other fraudulent schemes involving the Wallow wildfires.
“There are no specific claims to our knowledge,” said Horne’s spokesman Doug Nick in an interview today.
A few local news agencies have reported some scams, but the attorney generals office has not yet received any claims, he said.
“My office is releasing a guide to protecting yourself from fraudulent schemes,” state Attorney General Tom Horne wrote in a press release.
“It is important that all Arizonans, whether they are personally affected by the Wallow Fire or the other fires that are currently burning in the state get this information so they are not further victimized in an already tragic situation.”
A few guidelines that have been issued are:
A warning was also issued against fraudulent charities and donations:
“Disasters such as the Wallow Fire often bring out the very best in people who work cooperatively to help each other. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true as scam artists and frauds use the tragedy to exploit vulnerable victims or con generous people into giving to fraudulent charities,” Horne wrote.
The complete Arizona wildfire consumer protection warning can be found on the attorney general's website.