QUINCY (WGEM) – People are taking advantage of Hurricane Ian’s misfortune and trying to make a profit.
The two scams that are popular right now are fundraising and flooded car sales.
The Quincy Police Department said don’t trust every hurricane relief fundraiser you see.
Some people or businesses will set up hurricane relief donations but end up keeping the money for themselves, a common scam seen on the internet or social media.
“You don’t know where that money is leaking to, so you really have to do your own research and see if this is a legitimate source that they’re going to get the money from and it’s going to go to people. they really need it,” QPD Deputy Chief of Operations Michael Tyler said.
FBI Springfield offered some advice to people considering donating to a charity.
Flooded cars are also hitting the market in the US.
Usually after hurricanes, people will try to sell their cars and cover up past damage.
“Ask the dealership what the story is and I hope they’re being honest with you and if you don’t think they’re being honest, maybe go somewhere else,” Tyler said.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau said thousands of cars suffer flood damage when hurricanes hit.
After people present this damage to their insurance companies, they try to sell the damaged car.
These cars drive around the country as dealers try to fix them and some may even try to hide the damage.
Kelley Blue Book also offers advice when selling or buying a car that could be flooded:
To read more: Kelly’s Blue Book
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