Attorney General Offers Advice on Potential Flood Scams

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office says it’s issued subpoenas, written letters and reached out to charities to protect consumers in the wake of devastating floods.

Morrisey’s office said in a news release that he directed his office to organize mobile office visits, contact area charities and expedite approval of any emergency state contract related to flood relief.

The office’s consumer protection hotline has had extended hours and was staffed throughout last weekend to receive any reports of price gouging, charitable fraud or scams impacting the disaster area.

Morrisey says most businesses in the state have been generous during the disaster.

Morrisey and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins urged residents to report any scams or wrongdoing they encounter to the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement.