Now that the wildfires are mostly out in Mannford rebuilding will begin soon. One of the things that most worries Oklahoma insurance Commissioner John Doak are the scammers who follow it. “When these roadblocks go down you're going to see folks coming right just like we did in Woodard and Tushka.” Each of those tornadoes were followed by scammers, people who came in and tried to get large sums of money and then left the state.
KRMG met with Doak at a mobile command post in Mannford where he told us there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself. “If somebody wants a large transaction of funds or is saying I need your money now, typically that's a red flag.”
Doak also said use common sense and get references for anyone who is going to be doing any work on your home. One of those ways to get references is with your insurance agent. “Make sure you talk to your license agent or broker if you have insurance because many of them have already aligned with certain types of contractors to provide help to their customers.”
Doak’s final two pieces of advice are simple. “Make sure you have records any large sums of money for transactions they're asking for right now, credit card receipt make sure you keep all of that data.” And lastly there is an Oklahoma fraud Hotline you can call “If you see fraud or you see something happening call our fraud number. “We have someone here who can come directly to that location and see if they can help.” That number is 405-521-66143. Now let hope in this case, no one is forced to use it.