NCDF Hotline to Handle Complaints of Post-Flooding Fraud in South Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry joined federal, state, and local leaders to announce the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline dealing with complaints of fraud following the devastating flood in South Louisiana. This collaborative effort will assist in monitoring fraud complaints and assigning them to the appropriate agency for further action.
“Our office will continue to do all we can to assist those impacted by the flooding,” said General Landry. “From receiving and investigating consumer complaints to educating victims of potential scams, the Louisiana Department of Justice remains dedicated to serving the people of our State and protecting their precious tax dollars. We stand united with our partners to ensure the storm’s victims receive the help they need and do not fall prey to those who want to exploit the system.”
The NCDF, established by the U.S. Department of Justice following Hurricane Katrina, is an organization of law enforcement agents who provide a nationwide call center for members of the public to report all types of disaster fraud and who review those reports and make referrals to the appropriate investigative agencies.
General Landry joined U.S. Attorney Walt Green, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jeff Sallet, and numerous other law enforcement officials in announcing the national hotline: 1-866-720-5721, which will be prominently displayed on billboards across the flood damaged areas.
“The NCDF and its partners are united in the common belief that those who fraudulently exploit tragedy and disaster for personal gain must be aggressively investigated and prosecuted,” said Mr. Green. “I am proud of the vast coalition of law enforcement agencies for every level that have come together under the NCDF umbrella to combat those fraudsters who invariably seek to take advantage of communities suffering from disasters.”
“In order to be successful in keeping the great citizens of Louisiana safe from scammers and fraudsters, we must have a strong partnership,” said Mr. Sallet. “General Landry’s dedication to this effort has been apparent since he got into office. I am glad to stand beside him in this effort as Louisiana rebuilds and recovers.”