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Reports of Potential Fraud Following Storm

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    July 3, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    LINN COUNTY, Iowa — County officials said they have received reports of individuals going door to door claiming to be FEMA inspectors, or working for FEMA inspectors. These individuals offer to help homeowners clean up from recent storms and conduct home assessments or repairs for a fee.

    The county said FEMA inspectors are not in Linn County.

    Inspectors from the county Planning and Development Department are out assisting homeowners, but are not charging a fee for their service. County inspectors also wear shirts and drive vehicles with Linn County’s logo.

    Residents can call the Planning and Development Department at 319-892-5130 to verify if county inspectors are on site.

    Cedar Rapids Building Services staff are conducting inspections in Cedar Rapids and will have official City identifications and marked city vehicles.

    Residents can call Cedar Rapids Building Services at (319) 286-5831 to verify if City inspectors are on site.

    County and city officials urge residents to always ask to see identification.

    They said you can report fraud to your local police department or the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 319-892-6100.

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