Menendez calls on Fed to investigate hurricane relief mail scam

WASHINTON – Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder to open an investigation immediately into a targeted mail scam designed to extract payments and private financial information from Hurricane Irene flood victims.

The state Consumer Affairs Division said the scam involves giving individuals a fake “Financial Recovery Awards” letter asking them to mail a $29.97 payment and to provide their financial information in order to process $27,000 in recovery assistance which the victims will never receive.

In the letter, Menendez wrote: “Individuals who have suffered a natural disaster and who are already hurting, homeless and vulnerable should not be subjected to scams that target their already depleted pocketbooks. I urge you to put the full force of the Department behind an investigation of these crimes.  The flooding in New Jersey is a horrible tragedy and it would be devastating to New Jersey families to forfeit more of their precious resources to these heinous scams.”

Menendez calls on Fed to investigate hurricane relief mail scam