Oil Spill Scams

No, we are not talking about spilling salad dressing on your pants like a certain global PR person.  We are talking about scams arising from the ongoing tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.  We will discuss some of those scams and how you can avoid them.  One thing you will notice is that some of them tend to relate back to an earlier post we did on charity and disaster scams.  So if you feel like you want more information, feel free to check those posts for more information.

There is no magic cure for the spill.  I mean, there may actually be, but whoever has this cure is not seeking our help in the general population, they are going through the proper channels of government.  If their idea works properly, then it will be the perpetrators of the spill that pay for the initial costs, not us.  So beware of any scammers that tell you that they have the answer to solve the spill.

Training to clean up the disaster falls under the same realm.  The people currently cleaning up the spill are not paying to learn how to clean.  They are being brought in by the various companies involved with the cleanup and trained at the expense of the culprits, not those cleaning up the spill.  Additionally, the cleanup is a form of skilled labor, that can possibly expose cleaning of the spill to various hazards.  Those hazards should be mitigated by the employers of the labor, and not by random people offering supplies.

Insurance and contractors.  This goes more for those directly affected by the Oil Spill.  Do your due diligence.  At the end of this post we will link to the FTC page on Oil Spill Scams, we suggest looking at their information on how to check out the credentials of those involved with the mitigation, and cleanup of this environmental disaster.

Charities have been covered in the past, but you must always use caution, and it would probably be best to go with a reputable charity.  Many registered non-profits are involved with the cleanup efforts and it should not be hard to find a reputable one.

Remember to be smart and use common sense.  One disaster need not lead to another.

FTC Warns of Oil Spill Scams

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