Hurricane Matthew victims told to watch for scams

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Interim Fayetteville Police Chief Anthony Kelly (WTVD Photo Lou Guilettte)

Fayetteville officials warned residents Monday not to be a victim of Hurricane Matthew twice. Mayor Nat Robinson and interim Police Chief Anthony Kelly said after the storm is when scammers can move in to take advantage of people who need repairs.

Common hurricane scams include price gouging, home repair scams, charity scams, and people posing as FEMA officials.

"Before you pay anybody the first dollar, do your homework," said Mayor Robinson.

"We have suffered enough," said Kelly.

The men said that, so far, there have been no reports of scams, but they want everyone to be on their guard.

If you see suspicious activity, call police.

If you've been a victim of a scam, you can also contact the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's consumer hotline at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or fill out a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.
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