The Basics of Disaster Relief Fraud

They say there is calm before the storm – but they never mention the chaos that comes directly after it.

There is confusion everywhere as people all around scramble for rescue and relief. In some natural disasters, like that of the likes of Hurricane Katrina, some people lose literally everything they have; their homes, their cars, their businesses – with very little else to fall back on – all lost and carried away with the wind and floodwater. It can be more than difficult then to recover from such an event – and it can be exceedingly disastrous to then be tangled in something called disaster relief fraud.

Now, what exactly is disaster fraud?

Disaster fraud deals with allegations resulting from the mismanagement of assets that are meant to aid in relief operations following a major disaster. Say that a donation came in that was meant to repair a school but instead was pocketed by a private party in order to acquire something for personal gain. That, in its essence, is one of the most basic examples of disaster fraud.

It can be difficult to defend oneself in the event of being charged with disaster relief fraud as some people can be falsely accused with this kind of fraudulence through ignorantly accepting assets that may have been illegally acquired. That is why proceeding with caution is one of the most important, preliminary reminders in terms of accepting goods and services – because, as a white collar crime, this kind of stain on your permanent record can have serious repercussions on your life.

Nobody is above the law – and ignorance of the law excuses no one.

Following any disaster, it is always important that you keep skeptical about anything and everything that you may come across. Desperate folk can come out of desperate situations – and it pays, more than you know, to stay vigilant in dark times like this.

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