Officials are cautioning the general public about possible fraudulent fundraising efforts that may emerge following catastrophic events, such as the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting, according to the workplace of the U.S. lawyer for the district of Nevada.
Bad guys might make use of current natural catastrophes, such as typhoons, and the Las Vegas shooting for personal gain through online, door-to-door, mailers, and telephone soliciting, authorities stated. “Catastrophe fraud is a federal criminal offense.”
The caution is being followed by the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI through the Department of Justice, which developed the National Center for Catastrophe Scams following Hurricane Katrina.
Anyone who thinks deceptive efforts can contact the 24/7 National Catastrophe Scams hotline at 866-720-5721, e-mail to [email safeguarded] and (fax) 225-334-4707.