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DeSoto County Sheriff Warns Of Post-Disaster Insurance Scams

If you get a phone call about an insurance claim or policy, do not give out any personal information or agree to any payment until you can independently verify that the call is legitimate.
If the caller says they’re from your insurance company, hang up and contact your agent or the company directly using the number on your account statement.
Contractors and home improvement companies may also call claiming to be partners with your insurance provider. Never give policy numbers, coverage details, or other personal information out to companies you are unable to verify.
Verify that any contractor you are considering is licensed and carries adequate insurance.
There are many resources available to help you verify before you hire. Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida has Officer’s on the ground in our community working to catch unlicensed businesses.
Should you need to reach them please call 1-877-693-5236 or online at
You may also refer to…/guides/after-storms-watch-out-scams for more anti-scam tips!