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Scammers targeting Dayton-area tornado victims over the phone

Claiming to be from Ohio Task Force 1
Posted: 12:02 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 12:02:31-04
Photos: Tornadoes strike multiple Ohio, Indiana cities

DAYTON, Ohio -- People should be aware of scammers claiming to be from an emergency response team asking for money or offering home repairs over the phone, Ohio Task Force 1 Public Information Officer Phil Sinewe said.

Victims in Dayton are getting fraudulent calls from donation solicitors claiming they represent Ohio Task Force 1, Sinewe said.

Ohio Task Force 1 is a state and federal emergency response team and does not solicit funds from the public, Sinewe said. The task force does not support or advertise for any repair companies.

“It is disheartening to hear of people trying to scam storm damage victims during this very difficult time,” Sinewe said in a statement. “Of course it is even more disturbing when they fraudulently use the respected name of Ohio Task Force 1.”

Sinewe said consumers should always confirm credentials of people asking for money or offering repair work.

Tornado victims should report all fraudulent calls to local law enforcement.