Gulf Oil Spill Scams

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Carolina says beware of scam artists trying to use the BP oil spill as a means to get your money.

“Unfortunately, following any national disaster, scammers will find a way to prey on the misfortune of others,” said Beverly Baskin, President & CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “Whether they are looking to provide work or financial assistance to relief efforts, potential donors should do their research to make sure they know who will benefit from their time and donations.”

The bureau warns of job scams associated with helping clean up the oil spill. Job hunters told to pay an upfront fee to get a job or pay for training are dealing with scam artists.

Also, unsolicited emails that claim you are qualified for compensation from BP are showing up in email inboxes. The FTC is warning against phony adjusters who ask for fees to expedite services.

Finally, beware of charity scams claiming to help the people in the Gulf of Mexico region. The BBB has compiled a list of charities assisting with the spill and its cleanup.

For more details, please click here.

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