Horror Stories

This list of Horror Stories illustrate the devastating effects of becoming a victim twice!  Disaster can strike in the form of unscrupulous scam artists who prey on those who are in most need of help.  Take a look at these stories told by the victims and discover how trust and good faith may go terribly wrong.

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Scam SignDisaster strikes, then insurance money is hijacked

Chasing a disaster chaser; complaints swirl around recovery firm

PG&E meets with San Bruno families about contractor

Contractors from Hell

Recovering from a house fire

Hunt still on for woman accused of stealing $5 million from Jesusita, Tea Fire victims

Fire leads to tough situation

Video: Fire Chasers target victims of residential fires around Bakersfield

Losing your home or business to a fire can be devastating, but imagine being targeted by scammers just moments after.

Fire Chasers

Video:  Tornado Looters take advantage of disaster survivors

Looters arrested after they were caught savaging debris from tornado for scrap metal and copper wire.

Video: Wildfire Scams

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! It is heartbreaking to lose your home in a wildfire, but there are people who are willing to take advantage of an emotional situation in order to make money. Lieutenant Jeff Duckworth of the San Diego Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Unit has tips on how to protect yourself, your property and your money.

Video: Warning for Fire Victims About Possible Scams

On the same day fires ended in San Diego, scam artists were already at work. Find out why a local public adjuster is already in trouble. Stories like these is why The Red Guide to Recovery is an invaluable tool to help prevent you from becoming a victim twice!

Confidence Trick – The Origin of “Con Artist”
Did you know “con artist” originates from “confidence artist”? Read more about the confidence trick and stages of “the con”.

AG Suthers: Scam Activities Proliferate in Aftermath of Fires
After a disaster like the 2012 Colorado fires, con artists are out in force. In this Denver Post.com article, the Attorney General urges people to report scam activities so they can be stopped.

Read more….Disaster Scam Resources