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.”